Murphy - Iron upset possible
Scunthorpe keeper Joe Murphy is eyeing an upset at Manchester City in the Carling Cup on Wednesday. The Championship outfit are massive underdogs with Sky Bet to beat big-spending City in the fourth-round clash. While Murphy acknowledges it will be tough against Mark Hughes' side, he is not ruling out a shock win. Murphy said: "It'll be tough. We were looking at their squad earlier and we had a little giggle. All those multi-million pound players and that. "But you never know what can happen. It's cup football. It's all about shocks and it'll be one of the biggest cup shocks if we beat them. Lottery "We just have to try and stay in the game and you never know. Cup football is like a lottery." Murphy is disappointed that he will not get the chance to play against Brazilian ace Robinho, who is still out injured, but knows another star name will step in. "You always want to face the best players in the world and he's probably one of the biggest names in football," he continued. "But someone like Craig Bellamy or Adebayor or Roque Santa Cruz will step in. "I'm sure whoever comes in will be brilliant and it'll be interesting to see how far away we are from that level. It would have been nice to have one of the best footballers on the pitch." Scunthorpe head into the tie on the back of Championship victories over Sheffield United and league leaders Newcastle before losing 3-0 at struggling Peterborough last Saturday. Murphy added: "It's going to be a tough one but we're all looking forward to it. It'll be nice to take our minds off the league for a bit. We've had three tough games and so this is a reward for that. Good draw "We did well in the previous round so this tie is a great reward for us. It's a good draw because you always want to play against the big boys and you can't get much bigger than Manchester City away. "As I said it'll be tough but we're all going to enjoy it and hopefully we'll give a good showing of ourselves." Murphy added that Saturday's loss at Peterborough had little to do with the players having half on eye on the clash against City. "I wouldn't say so," he said. "I think it was down more to the two previous games. We had Sheffield United and Newcastle and we put so much effort into that and energy but I think it was just one game too much for us. "But we weren't thinking about the cup. We really want to stay in this division and the Man City game is just a bonus for us. "It's a great occasion and all that but the league is definitely what matters."
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