Few grounds for concern for Gareth
- Tue 01 Feb 2011, 8:37AM
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
Gareth Barry is confident that City will have enough in the locker to overcome Notts County when they face Paul Ince’s side in the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON again.
The Blues were 10 minutes away from a shock exit from the competition when Edin Dzeko levelled the scores with his first goal for the club.
The Meadow Lane pitch, also used by Nottingham’s rugby union side, cut up rough from the outset and had a bearing on proceedings, but the England international was not looking for excuses when reflecting on the result.
“We knew about the pitch before and we had spoken about it in the week. It was going to be tough to play a passing game, but we tried to adapt to it. It will be a different story at our place, we’ll be able to get the ball down and play our kind of game.
“Being drawn away is always tough in the FA Cup, but that’s what it is all about.
The atmosphere on Sunday was tremendous, and that’s why the English game is so good. It’s also great for the lads that have come over to this country, they see what it is all about.
Lying in wait for City if they get through are Gareth’s former club Aston Villa, who City have faced twice in recent weeks but with very different results – the emphatic 4-0 win at home was followed by Gerard Houllier’s side carving out a narrow win courtesy of a single strike from Darren Bent.
Gareth says, “It’s a good draw for us, it would be a tough game but a home game was all we could ask for. It’s given us an opportunity to go further.”
With all the resources at Roberto Mancini’s disposal, Gareth is taking nothing for granted despite seemingly being one of the first names on the team sheet
“Players join for competition, and the competition is very tough here,” he adds. “Edin was another quality player to join, and he went straight into the team. The competition is high, and if you are left out of the team you have to work hard to get back in.”