McShane: Young guns make me feel like a pensioner
IRELAND man Paul McShane is happy to duck out of the Crystal Palace side for tomorrow's Carling Cup semi-final clash with Cardiff City.
McShane joined Palace on loan from Hull City earlier this month and made his second appearance of the season in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Blackpool, part of an all-Irish central defence alongside Cork lad John Egan, who is on loan from Sunderland.
Palace take on Cardiff tomorrow holding a 1-0 lead from the first leg of the semi-final but McShane does not expect to play.
"I have just come to the club so I'm not expecting to start," he says.
"It's a huge semi-final and if I do get called upon, I'll be delighted. But the lads have done brilliantly to get this far, so it's only right for them to continue to play," added McShane, who was brought into the club to add some experience to a young Palace side.
"I felt like a pensioner on Saturday," he says. "We had a few inexperienced lads but they did well taking their first steps on the ladder."
McShane has missed much of this season due to injury, making only two appearances for Hull, and the 26-year-old is desperate to get first team football to boost his chances of making the Euro 2012 squad.