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Ireland desperate for long FA Cup run with Man City

Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland expects a first team return for the FA Cup tie with Stoke City.

Having been denied an appearance at Wembley in the Carling Cup final by Manchester United, Ireland is determined to go all the way in the FA Cup and believes that City have a strong chance of reaching the quarter-finals.

"I wouldn't say it was going to be easy on Saturday because you don't tend to win matches like that these days," Ireland said. "But we will stick to our game plan and try and control the game the best way we can."

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