Although his team’s performance at the weekend was well below par, Middlesbrough defender Danny Batth is convinced his side has what it takes to upset Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
The Premier League side – who drew against Arsenal at the weekend – are rightly coming into this game as the favourites. That, however, has failed to faze Danny Batth who is relishing the opportunity of playing against a Premier League side.
“It’s going to be a good test. Crystal Palace are a Premier League side so everyone who plays will want to do well,” he said.
Batth, who is currently on loan at Boro from Premier League side Wolves, hasn’t featured much for the Championship side this season. His only start for them came in the last round of Carabao Cup as Boro saw off Preston on penalties.
Similar to the number of starts he has made for the club, playing time has also been limited for Batth. Despite being named eight times in the matchday squad, he has featured only once for Boro in the league, and that too in stoppage time against Sheffield Wednesday.
However, try as one might, nobody could blame Tony Pulis for not giving Batth enough game time. In 15 games in the Championship this season, Boro have conceded just eight goals, keeping 9 clean sheets in the process.
Therefore, as far as his future at the Riverside is concerned, recent omens haven’t been too bright for the 28-year old.
Still, as his recent comments show, Batth is fully determined to make his mark and he might not get a bigger opportunity for proving his worth than a tie against a Premier League opposition.
“This is a big opportunity for me,” said the buoyant centre-back. “Any game at a new club when you get an opportunity to show the fans and the staff what you can do is great.”
“For a player like myself, you have to keep your head down and keep working. I come into training every day, I try to keep my standards high and make sure when the opportunity comes along that I’m ready to play.”