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Thursday 8 December 2016

Clinton eyes shock in cup

Exeter's ex-Ireland man targets 'Pool

Clinton Morrison, during his Ireland days, is looking forward to Friday night’s FA Cup clash with Liverpool for his current side Exeter. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile
Clinton Morrison, during his Ireland days, is looking forward to Friday night’s FA Cup clash with Liverpool for his current side Exeter. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile

Former Ireland striker Clinton Morrison is eyeing up an FA Cup shock against Liverpool next weekend as one of the last chapters in his career.

The veteran striker, who last played in the Premier League back in 2005, is still pulling on the boots, for League Two side Exeter City, and their task this week is to put aside a dreadful run of form - four straight defeats - by overcoming Liverpool at home in the FA Cup on Friday (live BBC, Setanta Irl).

Tough

It's been a tough season for Morrison (he's scored just twice this season) and for his club (in the bottom half of England's fourth tier), and Friday's televised game is about as big a test possible for the Grecians, but the 36-year-old feels an upset could come their way.

"Stranger things have happened," he says of the Reds' visit to Exeter.

"The pitch won't be the best, we've had a lot of rain down here, so it will be difficult for Liverpool to get their slick passing going. If we get in their faces, press them, who knows? No-one is expecting anything from us.

"It is on television, playing against Liverpool, a lot of people will be watching, so let's go and enjoy ourselves. It is being shown on TV for a reason - people think there might be an upset."

The forward, who began his career with Crystal Palace 19 years ago, says he retains his hunger for the game and, having signed a new deal which keeps him at Exeter until the end of the season, he's keen to keep delivering.

"I won't sit at home and do nothing but you are a long time retired and I want to play as long as possible. I feel fitter than for a long time. I'm obviously not as quick as I used to be, but you learn to mix your game up.

"I am proud of my career and I just want to end it well.

"Who would have thought that a boy from south London, growing up in a council estate, would do what I've done and be sat here talking in Exeter about playing Liverpool? It's been a dream and I'm still living it. Long may it continue."

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