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Flitcroft is hoping for FA Cup start

STEVE Flitcroft is hoping to get a start at home in front of his mates.

STEVE Flitcroft
STEVE Flitcroft

STEVE Flitcroft is hoping to get a start at home in front of his mates.

The Blackburn-born midfielder has started most of his matches on Accrington's travels this season but would love to be in the line-up in front of a bumper crowd against Huddersfield in the FA Cup first round on Sunday.

"It is just brilliant for the club and obviously I would love to be involved in it," said the 22-year-old. "Most of the games I have started in have been away when we play five in midfield so I would love to play at home especially in front of the crowd - and with some of my friends watching.

"It is great that it is at home. There might have been six or seven thousand if it had been at the McAlpine Stadium but it is a big stadium. The atmosphere will be much better with 4,000 at home - it will feel like there are 10,000 there. I have just got to try my hardest to win a place in the team - but John (Coleman) picks the team and I will have to wait and see."

And one of his team-mates was happier than most with the draw.

"When it was made, Deano (Dean Calcutt's) telephone didn't stop ringing as he lives about one minute from Huddersfield's ground," said the midfielder. "He was really pleased!"

Flitcroft has been in and out of the team this season but is waiting to seize his chance for a regular starting berth. Coleman has always says he rates the former Blackburn trainee highly and Flitcroft admits he is learning at lot at Stanley.

"The likes of Paul Cook and Gordon Armstrong are similar to how Mike Marsh was last season. They are always talking on the pitch, always speaking during the game and Cookey has played a lot of games at a high level so we all listen to him. And after the game, they will say things that you could do better. It all helps.

"What I would like is a run of games - I would love to get five or six together as it is hard starting one and then missing one. But I am still only a young lad and have got a lot to learn so I will just wait for my chance."

After coming from Ewood Park into the UniBond League, Flitcroft has been impressed with the step into the Conference.

"There are some good sides here and the teams have a lot more quality in them and are a lot fitter. But we have obviously dealt with it well and we are not full-time. If we got full-time it will be interesting to see how well we can really do."


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