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Flitcroft on Crystal Palace Clash

4 April 2013

 

Reds Manager David Flitcroft met with the media ahead of Saturday’s trip to face Crystal Palace.

The latest injury concern is defender Martin Cranie, who was withdrawn during the Reds’ 2-0 win over Leicester on Monday.

“If he (Cranie) comes through the scan with all clear he could be in contention for Saturday,” said Flitcroft of the hamstring strain. “He came off the right time. It’s a fatigue injury of playing two games in three days.

“He’s clever. He’s a clever defender and it’s testament to Martin that he chose to come off at the right point.

“We’ve had a recovery day today. There’s tiredness in the boys so the recovery has done them good.”

to get back on the pitch.
As for Jimmy McNulty, Rob Edwards and Rory Delap, he continued, “It’s no good patching them up. I don’t want anybody breaking down in games. We’re taking our time with Rob Edwards and Rory (Delap).  We’re holding back a little bit, but these players are desperate

“But we need to make sure they’re fit to play.

Our away record is getting better. We’ve spent

“At the minute we’re the most honest and sincere group of players managers come up against. Nigel Pearson commented on it. He kept talking about the spirit of our team and the willingness to work together.

“All these managers are saying the same thing. I was at the Bolton game on Tuesday and managers were coming up to me. I told the lads this, I told them what they were saying. The footballing world’s talking about them in high regards.”


The Reds played out a 1-1 draw with Palace at Oakwell back in October, the Eagles now sit in fourth position in the league.

“We’re super focussed on Crystal palace,” continued Flitcroft.

“We’re probably talking about the best motivator in the English game. If Ian’s (Holloway) got a problem down there I’m sure he can motivate them against Barnsley.

“The quality in that team is outrageous. It’s not just an attractive style but a winning style.

“It’s a tough game for us to go into but one we’re not going to fear."


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