Cup clash excites Cahill
Bolton defender thriving on pressure
Last Updated: April 12, 2011 8:45am
Cahill: Aware of pressure but looking forward to FA Cup semi-final
Gary Cahill does not believe Bolton will feel daunted when they travel to Wembley for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Stoke.
It will be one of the biggest occasions in the history of both clubs as the winners will have the opportunity to claim a major piece of silverware, as well as virtually guaranteeing Europa League qualification.
Such pressure could have a negative effect on players gearing up for the game but Cahill insists the main emotion he is feeling is excitement, rather than anxiety.
The Trotters defender has been impressed by how the team has played all season and wants to turn a good campaign into an excellent one.
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"Without putting too much pressure on the boys, we are all well aware of what's riding on the game," he said in The Times.
"It's one of those things you have just got to relish.
"We're enjoying it more this season, we're creating chances and going out there thinking you are going to win every week."
England international Cahill has more experience of playing at Wembley than many of the other Bolton players and has urged his team-mates to savour the special atmosphere.
"We'll be going down to train on the pitch this week, which will be great for the lads," he added in the Daily Express.
"I was there with England the other week, so I sort of know what to expect. I think it will be a similar sized crowd, so it's something the lads can look forward to."