Birmingham City will draw inspiration from their European experiences as they head to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the FA Cup.
Although Blues travel to London for their FA Cup fifth round tie against the Pensioners without key players such as Marlon King, Nikola Zigic and Guirane N’Daw, Chris Hughton has told local media he is not overly concerened.
The Birmingham manager will be making significant alterations to the team that played out a 0-0 draw with Hull City on Tuesday evening, but Hughton insists this won’t hinder their chances of gaining a result and was quick to point out that although big changes were made to his Europa League line-ups, Blues were still able to pull off a few shocks during their memorable campaign.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, he said: “No, it’s not a concern about having too many changes, with it being Chelsea, basically because of the players, generally, who come in.
“And we have gone to some tough places – Brugge, Braga – and made changes and generally given a good account of ourselves.
“I know Wolves are not having the best of times at the moment but to go there, a Premier League team, on their turf, and play as well as we did in the previous round tells you about this squad.
“I have to do the best job I can. We have a real heavy campaign coming up. The squad we have is a tight squad. Apart from the lads who will be missing the game, I’ve got a lot of lads who have played a lot of games and I have got a few knocks.
“But no, I don’t have any fears. I know whatever 11 I put out will give it a go.
“If that gets us something, great; if it doesn’t, then I’m quite sure it will be a spirited performance by our team. I’d like to think that, generally, we’ve been delighted with our form when changes have been made. The performances have been full of endeavour and enthusiasm and we will certainly need all of that to give us a chance on Saturday.”