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Clark: Best Cup Competition In World Football

3 January 2015

Manager On FA Cup Tie

Lee Clark hopes his side can pull off an upset in what he calls 'the best cup competition in world football' this weekend.

The Seasiders head to Aston Villa for a third round FA Cup tie tomorrow, with the manager keen for his players to express themselves.

"It's the best cup competition in world football, still highly thought of by the majority of managers and top clubs. We're going to one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League in Villa," he admitted.

"It's a terrific stadium, I always enjoyed playing there. It's got a lot of history and hopefully my lads will embrace it and enjoy the occasion.

"There's nothing to lose for my lads so we'll go and give a right good performance to see if we can be one of the shocks of FA Cup third round weekend."

Clark will be without the services of Kevin Foley for the fixture following his return to Wolves, while Tom Kennedy is cup-tied. However, youngsters Mark Waddington and Dom Telford could get another run-out. 

"I like rewarding young players and giving them an opportunity to show that, from the academy system, there will be a road into the first-team.

"Mark and Dom are ready, they showed me that in the Rotherham game. They did remarkably well in that one and played above their years. Sometimes young players don't always sense the pressure or the situation, they just go out and express themselves.

"But we've also got to make sure we don't become too reliant on them because they are still young boys at the end of the day and still learning the game. We'll be cautious with them," he added.


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