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Keith looks ahead to FA Cup third round tie

8 January 2021

Tranmere Rovers manager Keith Hill feels that Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie away at Barnsley represents a “challenge” for his side to express themselves in the competition.​

Tranmere face the Sky Bet Championship side, with the Tykes ninth in the second tier, three points from the top six.
Hill, who has had previous FA Cup success in the third-round with Rochdale, wants his players to prove themselves against opposition from a higher division.

In the last two seasons, Rovers have faced top-flight sides in the form of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Watford.

Hill said: “It’s the FA Cup, and for me personally we want to go as far as we can and as long as we can in the tournament.
“That represents the challenge on Sunday against Barnsley and then if we are good enough to win the tie, then we will look forward to the next draw.

“On any given matchday it is 11 players against 11 players, and you have got to dream big. We are playing against Barnsley who are doing excellently now in the Championship and we are going there with a smile on our face and intent.

“It is an opportunity for us to go there and prove what a good side we are and for individuals to shine as well.

“We know that the supporters are with us and there is intent to drive the team on, and we have got to remind the players that we are playing in lockdown in empty stadiums, but it is still a magnificent occasion to be representing Tranmere and our supporters in the FA Cup at Barnsley.

“We’re getting ourselves ready and we are working on the training pitch to prepare for Barnsley. We are aware of the recent history and the FA Cup has been good to Tranmere from a financial point of view but from a player point of view, where you can become a giant-killer and we saw it last season, and it will be something that we will try and do.”

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