Michael Duff urges Cheltenham to take their shot in ‘totally free hit’ versus Male City
The Robins host the Premier League title hopefuls in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Michael Duff has actually labelled Cheltenham’s FA Cup tie with Manchester City as “the most significant totally free hit in history”.
The Robins host Pep Guardiola’s side in the 4th round on Saturday.
Cheltenham are 6th in Sky Bet League 2 – 72 places below City in the football pyramid.
Jermaine McGlashan remains the Robins’ record ₤ 50,000 finalizing from Aldershot in January 2012, with Brian Wilson and Grant McCann costing the same practically twenty years earlier.
The figure is dwarfed by the ₤ 64.3 million City paid Benfica for protector Ruben Dias in September and Duff knows the game is an inequality.
” It’s the greatest complimentary hit in history and then we move on,” he said. “We will do everything we can to make it as challenging as possible.
” There will be a little bit of uneasiness because they are okay however there will be a worried excitement. It’s a chance to get away from the league, it has been unrelenting asking the players to go once again.
” The gamers will get a little congratulations and a little bit of attention which will be good for them. This is a little bit of reward, a little bit of sugar and we’ll break on from Monday in the league as normal.
” We are not going to try to out-football them, we simply have to give a really good account of ourselves and you never understand what may take place, it’s the FA Cup.
” We have things like a long throw and people who are great in the air – the key is can you get an include their half to start with?”
Duff could be without Chris Hussey (foot) while defender Lewis Freestone and goalkeeper Scott Flinders are doubts.
” You are in the FA Cup for moments like this, just give it your finest shot. Will we win? Most likely not – however you never know,” said Duff.
” It does not matter who is betting them, it’s simply numbers. You change one for one, on Wednesday they took (Raheem) Sterling off and (Riyad) Mahrez came on.
” It’s the same patterns and very same motions, it’s just a fresher set of legs with the same quality.
” They are the type team in the country, if not the world, and simply to add to that we haven’t won in seven games.”