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8 January 2016

City boss previews Saturday's FA Cup tie

ALEX Neil says inevitable squad rotation won't stop his team from going all out to beat Manchester City in their Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie on Saturday (3pm).

With back-to-back Premier League matches to follow next week, Neil admits that top flight teams are likely to use the depth in their playing resources in the cup this weekend.

City are keen, however, to continue with the positive momentum gained from an impressive recent run at Carrow Road, says their manager.

"We want to go and try to win the game. We're at home and we're unbeaten in our last five home games and we want to maintain that run," Neil told

"Teams will be using their squads, I don't think there's any question of that. I think it's important that you go into two crucial Premier League games with guys fresh and ready to play.

"With there being three games in a week, not long after a schedule of two games in three days, you need to watch for injuries. We've rotated the squad well this season, and we'll be looking to make some alterations to this team as well.

"The Man City game is crucial to us though. We want to try and win it, and then we'll turn our attentions to Stoke afterwards."

City ran Manuel Pellegrini's team close when the two sides met in the league back in October, with the home team requiring a late Yaya Toure penalty to snatch all three points.

Neil believes Saturday's knock-out encounter will make for a good spectacle, with tickets still available for the game.

"You look forward to playing the big teams. I thought we acquitted ourselves pretty well at their place and we were unfortunate not to get something," he said.

"Man City away from home, before they beat Watford, hadn't won in a few games so we want to go and try and imprint our style on the game and hopefully win.

"I think they'll need to rotate their players (after Wednesday's game against Everton) because they've got the second leg of the semi-final ahead and a league game against Everton too.

"There's a lot of football for a lot of clubs coming up, and I think it's important that you don't risk injury."

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