JOHNNY Ertl has promised Sheffield United fans “something special” if he scores against Salisbury City today.
The defender, who is poised to start the FA Cup third- round tie after recovering from injury, netted his first goal after arriving in England when Aston Villa visited former club Crystal Palace in the competition nearly two years ago.
But Ertl admitted his reaction after helping Palace earn a fifth-round replay left much to be desired and joked: “My best memory in the competition is scoring against Villa but my celebration was poor.
“So, if I get one here, I’ll come up with something extra special. When I watched the video of the Villa game I can remember thinking that my reaction was terrible. I forgot everything because of the occasion but it won’t happen again.”
Ertl, who has not hit the target since that epic tussle, insisted United’s opponents should not interpret his words as a sign of complacency.
“We will be prepared, we’ll have looked their players and how they do things,” he said. “We’ll show respect, commitment and treat the game well.”
Danny Wilson, the United manager, admitted the fixture schedule has cast a shadow over his talks with several prospective targets. Saying he wants to be “proactive” rather than reactive in the transfer market, Wilson is monitoring Glasgow Rangers duo John Fleck and Kyle Hutton and Blackpool’s Billy Clarke.
Rangers manager Ally McCoist has confirmed Fleck will be allowed to depart when either the SPL’s champions injury crisis abates or a replacement is signed, with Bramall Lane a possible destination.
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