Connolly keen to unsettle Utd
Paul Connolly is looking forward to another chance to unsettle Man Utd's stars in the Carling Cup.
Last Updated: 20/01/09 9:39am
Paul Connolly is looking forward to another opportunity to unsettle Manchester United's stars as Derby plan a Carling Cup upset.
The defender impressed against the Premier League-leading Red Devils in Derby's 1-0 semi-final first-leg victory at Pride Park.
And ahead of Tuesday night's second-leg trip to Old Trafford, which can be seen live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1, Connolly is hoping for a repeat performance.
The 25-year-old, who was suspended for Nigel Clough's first game in charge as Derby lost to QPR at the weekend, enjoyed his battle with United's Nani in the opening meeting and he is looking forward to picking up where he left off.
Connolly said: "I'm not bothered who plays because as long as I can stay tight and get tackles in on them, hopefully they won't fancy it.
"I enjoyed it. I always tried to leave my mark every time I went to head the ball or was tackling, trying to clip his heels, just so he (Nani) knew I was there.
"All game he was moaning to the ref, so I enjoyed that battle. If he plays I'll probably be happy."
Derby have fallen into a relegation battle in the Championship but Tuesday night's encounter and the FA Cup visit of rivals Nottingham Forest on Friday have set pulses racing.
"It's great we've got two distractions," Connolly said. "Hopefully we can get two positive results and then start gaining some momentum and climbing the league.
"If you look at our league place it is embarrassing, I can't even look at the paper. It's depressing and not acceptable.
"If we can get to Wembley it would be absolutely brilliant for the city and the club, especially with all the turmoil it is going through and has been through."