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MUSSELWHITE SET TO RENEW CHELSEA ACQUAINTANCES

8 January 2016

For goalkeeping coach Paul Musselwhite, Sunday's trip to Chelsea will see him renew acquaintances with an old foe.

He spoke to The Iron PlayerHD about his past experiences, and what lies ahead this weekend.

Musselwhite's most recent appearance at the Bridge came back in 2005, when Paul Hayes sent United fans hysterical with an early strike to put the Iron ahead. It's a day which the former goalkeeper has fond memories of.

He said: "It was very good, it was obviously towards the end of my playing career, so when you pull someone out like Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, it's very good," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"The thing is as well, we gave a good account of ourselves too. At the end of the day, we may have got something out of the game if we'd have been a little bit luckier.

"When you look back, we obviously took quite a big crowd as well, and most people enjoyed the day out. Most supporters were pleased with our performance.

"We had Chesterfield and Wrexham in the first two rounds, and I think we won both games 2-0, so we progressed to the third round quite comfortably.

"It's the ideal thing you want to happen, you want a big club in the third round, and preferably from the club's point of view, away from home as well."

As well as that clash in 2005, Musselwhite was fortunate enough to face the Blues in the League Cup too in 1988.

United beat a then second division Chelsea side 4-1 at Glanford Park, and it's a night which Musselwhite still states to this day is one of the best in his playing career.

"We'd had a good start to the season, and we beat Huddersfield in the first round of the cup. We then drew Chelsea, who at the time were in what would now be the Championship, but it's still a big club to play against," he said.

"It was just a fantastic night, to beat them 4-1 here at Glanford Park. It's probably one of the highlights of my career."

Ahead of this Sunday's encounter, Musselwhite feels it's vital the Iron enjoy the day but, at the same time, set up in the correct manner.

"I don't know what they've done to it in the past ten or eleven years, but we're going to get 35-40,000 there again. We're just all looking forward to it," he said.

"We'll have a game plan to go there, and you can't just go there and sit back hoping you don't concede.

"The problem you get then if you do concede, is your game plan goes out of the window, so we need to be wary you can't sit there for ninety minutes."

See much more from Paul Musselwhite for The Iron PlayerHD.

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