Rotherham United; Old boy wishes Reds well

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AS SOON as Rotherham United’s match with Dagenham and Redbrige ends this afternoon, Daniel Nardiello will quickly turn his attentions to cheering on one of his old clubs.

The former Welsh international will be rooting for Barnsley tonight when they travel to Manchester City, kick-off 5.30pm, in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The David and Goliath tie brings back happy memories for Nardiello. He was part of the Reds side who dumped Liverpool and Chelsea out of the competition five years ago en route to the semi finals of the tournament where they were beaten at Wembley by Cardiff City.

Nardiello, who is expected to lead Rotherham’s attack versus the mid-table Daggers, told The Star: “It is a massive game for Barnsley. I don’t think many people will fancy them to go to City and win but people said the same when we played Liverpool and Chelsea. It is going to be tough for them but I hope they do really well.”

Kayode Odejayi, Nardiello’s Rotherham teammate, bagged the winner when Barnsley defied the odds and knocked out Chelsea.

Nardiello, who has recently recovered from a groin problem, said: “I will try and get back after Rotherham’s game and support Barnsley along.

“I think the last time they played Manchester City away in 2004 I played and they got beat 7-1 so I hope it is not the same result!”