Beresford: I've Got Nothing To Prove

Last updated : 08 January 2002 By Andy Beill

David Beresford
David Beresford - "just another game"
The pacy 25-year-old was given a free transfer when City approached the Terriers in the summer, but he points out that he has nothing to prove.

He said: "Some people have tried to make out it's a grudge match for me because of what happened at Huddersfield last season but honestly, it's just another game. I don't feel I have anything to prove to Huddersfield.
"We need a win after some of our recent results and we'd love the chance of going all the way in the competition. We're down to the last eight now so who knows what might happen?"

Meanwhile, Brian Little expects his side to "roll up their sleeves up and come out fighting" after going four games without a win.

"Tonight is a great opportunity for us to put ourselves within touching distance of a massive footballing occasion and everyone knows what is at stake.
"The big bonus is that we're at home and the one thing you can guarantee is that we'll pick a side which attacks Huddersfield and tries to win the tie."

Brian Little
Brian Little - hoping to progress to next stage
That comment from the Tigers boss will give hope to Theo Whitmore or Richard Sneekes of taking one of the two central midfield positions. Either Julian Johnsson or Mark Greaves will take the midfield 'holding roll'.

He again said that Australian Van Blerk won't be in the starting eleven due to a lack of fitness: "Jason Van Blerk won't be involved because he hasn't had a lot of football lately, but everyone else will be hoping to get the nod."

Little also showed his frustration at not being able to use training facilities due to the weather.
"If your results are okay and you can't train I don't think anyone is overly bothered, but if you've lost a couple of games you want to be out there putting stuff right.
"Unfortunately we haven't been able to find the right sort of facility to train in and that's been frustrating because there are things I wanted to work on."

Justin Whittle, Lawrie Dudfield and Rob Matthews all look in line to gain recalls. Two of the midfielders who played at Kidderminster will be dropped, along with centre back Nicky Mohan. Little has decisions to make after a long break, and "the team doesn't pick itself".

Expected line-up (4-4-2): Musselwhite; Petty, Whittle, Goodison, Holt; Matthews, Johnsson, Sneekes, Beresford; Alexander, Dudfield.
Subs from: Glennon, Mohan, Price, Van Blerk, Greaves, Whitmore, Williams, Lee, Rowe.