Etuhu hoping to shock Man City

Barnsley striker Kelvin Etuhu is hoping to get one over on his former club Manchester City in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Last Updated: 09/03/13 at 16:36 Post Comment

Kelvin Etuhu: Hoping to knock out City

Kelvin Etuhu: Hoping to knock out City

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Etuhu began his career with City and played for them in the FA Youth Cup final in 2005/06, where they lost 3-2 to Liverpool on aggregate.

He now looks set to face them at the Etihad on Saturday evening as the Tykes bid to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 2008, where they were beaten to a place in the final with a 1-0 defeat by Cardiff.

A good cup run for Barnsley is a welcome tonic as their form in the league has left them in the bottom three and one point from safety.

But for Etuhu, the game against Roberto Mancini's side is much more personal after he left the club two years ago following loan spells at Rochdale, Leicester and Cardiff.

"Yes it's a big game for me, it's my old club and every football player wants to impress when they go back to their old club," Etuhu said.

"But it's a big occasion for every player in the squad and the coaching staff. We want to get into the next round, that's the main thing.

"I've got a few mates who are still there, Joleon Lescott, Joe Hart, my best friend Micah Richards, he's a very close friend of mine.

"We speak to each other most days, so it will be good to see them again.

"It's a shame Micah won't be playing because he's out due to an injury, but I'll be looking out for those three to say hello to.

"It would be nice to turn them over and get a result and I'm looking forward to the game."

The difference between the spending power of the two clubs is vast, but Etuhu believes Barnsley's spirit could help them to get an edge over the Premier League side.

He said: "The first thing you must talk about is the budget. They have a huge budget and world class players as you know.

"But we've got something in our team that not a lot of others have, we've got a huge team spirit.

"Everybody's together. Everyone wants to do well and wants everyone else to do well and that's a huge trait that you need in your team."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Paul Lambert: Aston Villa's new style here to stay despite lack of goals

Paul Lambert is sure the goals will come for Aston Villa if they persist with their current style of football.

Bobby Zamora tells QPR to give Charlie Austin a new contract

Bobby Zamora has told QPR to sort out Charlie Austin's future before his goals attract bids from elsewhere.

Jose Mourinho: It's only a matter of time before John Terry gets new contract

John Terry will definitely stay at Chelsea beyond the end of his current deal, Jose Mourinho says.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property