Scunny will be big test - Shaun
- 21 January 2010 12:05
- Posted by Chris Bailey
Shaun Wright-Phillips has warned his teammates not to underestimate Scunthorpe in their FA Cup meeting on Sunday afternoon.
The England midfielder was part of the Blues team that hammered five past the Championship side when they met in the Carling Cup Fourth Round at the end of October.
But the FA Cup winner with Chelsea in 2007 saw enough to know that the in-form Iron will pose a stiff challenge on their own patch in the televised clash.
History suggests that the Premier League side with six wins in its last seven outings should prevail at Glanford Park.
The teams have met five times in all competitions and City have won them all scoring 25 times in the process and never finding the net on fewer than two occasions in any ninety minutes.
However, the Blues are likely to rest some of the bigger names ahead of the Carling Cup semi final second leg at Old Trafford where they will defend a 2-1 lead. Wright-Phillips is hoping his teammates erase thoughts of that match from their minds.
“I know it is a cliché but we have to take one game at a time,” he declared.
“The best sides, the most successful sides, keep on churning out wins no matter which competition or which players are involved.
“We want to win at Scunthorpe and to give ourselves the best chance to do that we have prepare properly and make sure minds are on the FA Cup and not beating United or meeting them again next week.
I know we beat Scunthorpe easily in the Carling Cup but I know too that they are a better side than that result suggests
...SWP on Fourth Round FA Cup opponents
“They play some decent football and will be a difficult and different proposition on their own ground. They have picked up form in recent weeks and with the crowd right behind them and nothing to lose, they will be dangerous opponents.
“It is always difficult going to play a side from a lower division in the Cup. They invariably raise their game and we will have to make sure we are tuned in right from the off.”
Wright-Phillips, who was part of the Chelsea team that defeated Manchester United in the final of three years ago, is a firm believer in the FA Cup still being as important as ever in the sporting calendar.
“There is always an excitement around the third round draw when the Premier League clubs join the competition and ties like ours on Sunday are what make it extra special,” he declared.
“The fans love it too, the atmosphere builds with every round and I am sure that Scunthorpe’s ground will be packed for our visit.”