Harrad is always up for the Cup heroics
Sunday 06 January 2013
Shaun Harrad is no stranger to unsettling big clubs in the FA Cup. The 28-year-old was part of the 2006 Burton Albion side that came close to knocking out Manchester United at home, only to lose heavily in the replay. And at this time two years ago he scored two late goals in what proved to be his final game for the club as they knocked out Middlesbrough in the third round.
Since then, Harrad has played for four clubs, including his current loan spell at League Two's Cheltenham Town, who entertain Everton at Whaddon Road tomorrow night. Despite the gulf in class between the two sides, Harrad – Cheltenham's top scorer this season with seven, two of which have come in the Cup – is not short on confidence.
"This is probably one of the biggest games of our careers for most of us," said the striker. "Personally, I've had great experiences in the FA Cup. I've scored in the majority of my appearances."
As top scorer, he looks likely to make manager Mark Yates's starting line-up, although he was left on the bench for the club's most recent League game. However, his past FA Cup pedigree ought to act in his favour when Yates, a former Cheltenham player, reveals his starting XI.
The fact the match is televised will notably boost the coffers at Cheltenham, who registered a turnover of £1.84 million for the year to 2011 in contrast to Everton's £82m.
It highlights the magnitude of the task at hand, but Harrad nonchalantly says: "I'd like to think I could nick a goal," before adding, "we've got one of the best home records in the League and we've got nothing to lose.
"It's a massive tie but we're level-headed enough about it. I've already produced some goals here, I'd like to get more, including on Monday."
Cheltenham v Everton is on ESPN, tomorrow, kick-off 7.45pm
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