Man City v Barnsley: David Flitcroft warns players not to be 'starstruck'

FA Cup quarter-finals

  • Venue: Etihad Stadium
  • Date: Saturday, 9 March
  • Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC local radio, Final Score

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft has warned his side not to be "starstruck" when they face Manchester City in their FA Cup quarter-final tie on Saturday.

The Tykes travel to the Premier League champions looking to reach the semi-finals of the competition for the second time in five years.

Family business

  • David Flitcroft's older brother Garry played 117 league games for City between 1992 and 1996.

"You can get starstruck by names and we can't allow that to happen," Flitcroft told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"We have quality in our group and we have demonstrated real fight."

The 39-year-old continued: "In any fight if you turn up and are prepared to work harder than the next man, then you have a chance.

"I hope the players don't freeze, and try to play the occasion and not the football match, because this will be a tactical battle."

Barnsley reached the last four of the competition in 2008 after beating Liverpool and Chelsea, but lost 1-0 to Cardiff at Wembley to miss out on a first FA Cup final appearance since they won the trophy in 1912.

Flitcroft initially took over at Oakwell on a caretaker basis after Keith Hill was sacked on 29 December before being appointed manager until the end of the season just over a fortnight later.

It gives me the opportunity to pit my wits against the very best and in any walk of life that is what you aspire to do

David Flitcroft

The former assistant boss has led the Tykes to eight wins from his 13 matches in charge, but they have only picked up one point from the last three and remain in the Championship relegation zone.

He is looking forward to testing himself against Roberto Mancini's side.

"This tie has caught the imagination and that is what I want," Flitcroft added.

"It gives me the opportunity to pit my wits against the very best and in any walk of life that is what you aspire to do.

"They're champions for a reason, it is a massive task and we are just going to go and give it our best shot. I will promise the fans that."