Manchester City defender Micah Richards says that his side will be looking to avenge their FA Cup final loss last season when they face Wigan in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday evening.
Richards will likely make his return from injury when City take on Owen Coyle’s men at the Etihad after being an unused substitute in the Sky Blues' 4-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday.
And the 25-year-old insists that City will not take the game lightly and will be looking to lay to rest last season's FA Cup final when Ben Watson headed home a last minute winner to claim the trophy for Wigan.
“I can’t explain what happened against Wigan," said the England international.
“There was just something missing on the day and it wasn’t the same as when we played Stoke in the 2011 final. That day, it was like ‘we will not lose this game’ and there was a determination among the lads to win that first trophy.
"I wasn’t involved against Wigan, but there was definitely something lacking.
"Wigan have always played us well and have been a bit of a bogey team, but I would never say the guys weren’t up for it because we always want to win, but I just felt they wanted it more on the day.
“Every 50/50 tackle seemed to go their way and they just seemed to win the individual battles on the day. That game is in the past now but we have to make sure we put things right in this game and try and progress in the competition.”
The League Cup has often been regarded as inconsequential for bigger sides, with many fielding reserve teams throughout the competition.
Richards however sees it as a chance for the whole squad to get playing time and a good opportunity to claim early-season silverware.
“I think the Capital One Cup is definitely worth taking seriously," he added.
"Although we have a lot of games to play, there will be first-team players who don’t feature as often and it’s a good chance for those who maybe won’t feature as often in Champions League games to play and it just keeps everyone happy.
“Especially when you get to the later stages, it’s a great platform to show what you are capable of and maybe show the manager why you think you should be playing more often – it’s a win-win situation for everyone.”
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