Shittu: Aston Villa star Benteke is "just another striker"

© Alan Edwards
© Alan Edwards

DANNY Shittu says he is relishing the chance to mark Aston Villa's £7million-frontman Christian Benteke in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Shittu will be tasked with handling the 6ft 3in Belgium international when the two sides meet under the lights at The Den on Friday – but the centre-back says he is completely unfazed by the prospect.

Benteke has scored 16 goals in 33 appearances for the Premier League club this season, including what proved to be a consolation in Villa's shock Capital One cup defeat to Bradford in midweek.

But Shittu said: "He's just another striker. That's all he is to me. It will be a battle and I look forward to every battle. That's how I see it."

The Lions will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of a 2-0 home defeat to Burnley last Saturday and Shittu believes causing a cup upset would be the perfect response.

"It's a game we believe we can win and if we do, it will be a big confidence boost," he admitted. "It's down at The Den so it is definitely a winnable game. We know we've got to put things right."

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4 thoughts on “Shittu: Aston Villa star Benteke is "just another striker"

  • January 24, 2013 at 09:36
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    Shittu what are you like at playing centre forward because we desparately could do with some one at moment?

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  • January 24, 2013 at 10:01
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    He's mobile and might be better marked by Beevers, Big Dan will need to dominate him physically if he is to keep him under control.

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  • January 24, 2013 at 11:51
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    Hit him hard early on so he knows what he's up against.

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  • January 24, 2013 at 16:52
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    He's s***.

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