FOOTBALL NEWS

29/01/2011 10:00, Report by Gemma Thompson

Smalling eyes Cup glory

Chris Smalling says both the players and the manager are hungry for FA Cup success this season after a prolonged period of frustration in the competition.

The Reds' last triumph came in 2004 with victory over Millwall, but it's been a somewhat barren run since with two cup final defeats in 2005 and 2007, a semi-final loss in 2009 and a shock third round exit last season against Leeds.

Having played just one game in the competition during his career so far - when he was at Fulham - the England U21 defender is keen to play his part in this season's quest to get to Wembley which continues at Southampton on Saturday tea-time.

"The manager has already had a little word with us over the last couple of days in training telling us how frustrated he is that he has not been able to get his hands on the trophy," revealed Chris.

"We will be going all out for him and ourselves, and hopefully we can impose our presence on the game nice and early.

"Some people make changes in the FA Cup and view it different ways, but it's an important competition to us and one we want to win."

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