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Ryan Harley: "We have got to be brave against West Brom"

Midfielder looks ahead to Saturday's Emirates FA Cup tie

3 January 2018

Exeter City midfielder Ryan Harley says he and his teammates have to brave when they face Premier League side West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The Grecians have made it through to the third round of the Emirates FA Cup for the second time in three seasons.

In 2016, City faced Liverpool at this stage of the competition and held Jurgen Klopp’s to a 2-2 draw at St James Park before losing the replay at Anfield 3-0.  

Asked what qualities he and the team needed to show as the underdog, Ryan said: “You have got to be brave against what are classed as better players than us because they will respect you if you are brave against them.

“I think if you show any fear they will they will hurt you. We have seen that with Man City recently. Any teams that show a bit of fear, they wipe the floor with them. It will be similar to that. So we have got to go into it buzzing and confident and see what happens really.”

Ryan missed out on both games against Liverpool last time through injury but is he, and the City players, expecting a similar game to that encounter?

“It will be a little bit different,” said Ryan. “Hopefully they won’t be quite as good as Liverpool but they are obviously going to be a very, very good side. They have been in the Premier League for more or less the whole time it has been going. They have got a good manager and a good set of players. It is obviously going to be a difficult task, but we have got nothing to lose so we will hit it and see where it takes us. 

“It is a big game for all the players, the club and the supporters but it is one with have got to enjoy really. These moments don’t come around that often against Premier League teams.”

Fans are being urged to turn up to Saturday's Emirates FA Cup match as early as possible as a sell-out crowd is expected for the game. Turnstiles will be opening a quarter of an hour early for the match at 1.45pm.


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