Duo chase City shock - exclusive

Last updated : 16 January 2007 By Andy Parsons

A 1-1 draw at Hillsborough last Sunday saw Wednesday play well and were unlucky not to beat their Premiership rivals but the task will be doubly difficult as Brian Laws' men travel to Manchester for a tough rematch.

But there's no doubt that the players are looking forward to it - as should the 6000 travelling Wednesdayites who sold out their allocation yesterday.

"Without a doubt," American full-back Simek told Footymad. "It's a different competition and the pressure is off us a bit because they are a Premiership side playing at home and if we play like we did at our place then we will give a good account of ourselves.

"Last Sunday when they came to Hillsborough we gave them a real good game and we should have won it. But it will be tough in Manchester but everyone is looking forward to it."

Lunt meanwhile agrees - but knows that the test facing Wednesday tonight could be an up hill struggle if City get into their groove.

He said: "I thought we had more chances against Manchester City at our place but in the end it was a fair result but I am sure that both the supporters and the players can look forward to the replay, it's also good for the club that it's on TV so it will be a good experience for us and everyone is looking forward to it.

"The pressure is on them but we went into the game at our place thinking we were going to win and we will go to the City of Manchester Stadium believing likewise. There's no way we are going in to the game thinking we have lost it already just because they are a Premiership side.

"We will be going for the win but there's not an awful lot between the two sides but we will have to see what happens."

Wednesday have doubts over Madjid Bougherra who limped onto the coach at Derby on Saturday with a calf strain, other than that, Laws has a full-strength squad to pick from despite the cup-tied Leon Clarke.