Higginbotham targeting cup start

25 October 2010 02:45
Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham is desperate to earn a start in the Carling Cup clash with West Ham.[LNB] The 31-year-old has struggled to break into the Potters side this season with boss Tony Pulis preferring Danny Collins in the left-back position.[LNB]Higginbotham's only Premier League start came in the opening-day defeat at Wolves and he had to wait until Sunday's home defeat by Manchester United to get his next taste of league action, coming on as a second-half substitute for the injured Collins.[LNB]He has started all three of Stoke's Carling Cup ties, however, and hopes Pulis follows the same policy for the Upton Park clash on Wednesday.[LNB]"Obviously I am desperate to play," he told the club's official website.[LNB]"The cup competition is one where the manager has given a few of the lads who haven't been playing regularly a chance this season.[LNB]"(Collins' injury) gave me a little chance to come back in there and try to stake a claim, which was good for me. [LNB]"Hopefully if I get the chance to play in the week then I can impress the manager and give him a bit of a headache for the weekend."

Source: Team_Talk