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Flitcroft: Make The Dream Happen

7 March 2013

Manager on Man City

As a youngster, Flitcroft revealed his hero of the FA Cup was Paul Gascoigne, “Everything about him excited me,” said Flitcroft of Gascoigne. “I’d love just one hour with him talking. I read everything on him, the player and the person. I think young kids now have new heroes but Gazza was certainly my hero as a player.”

“The FA Cup is renowned all over the world. It’s a special cup. It’s what everyone dreams about.

“They are elite in every aspect from a quality point of view,” continued Flitcroft. “It’s a new challenge and we want to meet it head on. Certainly individual battles have got to be won on Saturday.

The Barnsley boss has branded City as an ‘elite’ force, but his side will be chomping at the bit come 5:30pm on Saturday to try and match the Premier League Champions.

“It’s a game, a 90-minute football match. Whatever the league’s thrown at us, or the FA Cup up to now, we’re competing. It’s something we’ll continue to do.”

“The key thing for me is to make sure our energy levels are up. So we’ve been recovering to get our energy levels back up to A-class.

“We’ve started building up a picture of what Man City is and who the team are.

“You allow closure on one game that you re-open on your next target, which is Man City,” said Flitcroft, speaking to Barnsley Player. “The lads will have gone home with a clear picture of what could have been done on Tuesday night (Burnley).

As the Reds gear up for Saturday’s FA Cup Quarter Final tie at Manchester City, Manager David Flitcroft was in a reflective mood following his side’s midweek draw with Burnley.

Now the Reds boss is hoping to make the dream of many come true this Saturday, “I’m looking forward to leading a town, a team, a club out.

“What would make me proud would be the fans going home with something that they’ve got from the game,” he added.

“I always think about fans on their way home –what they think about and talk about.

“There’s been a lot going on, but I’ve got to be honest and say I’ve not slipped into FA Cup mode until now.

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“It’d be an incredible opportunity if we could make that dream happen.”

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