FFA Cup: Oldfield urges Hume City to keep their heads against Cannons

Hume City goalkeeper Chris Oldfield urged his team to avoid being overawed by the occasion of an FFA Cup quarter-final as it prepares to face Oakleigh Cannons.

Lou Acevski's men have beaten Brisbane Strikers and Sydney Olympic on their way to the last eight, where the Cannons await at ABD Stadium on Tuesday night.

With a spot in the semi-finals on the line, Oldfield knows how big a game it is for City, but the 24-year-old is confident his side can deal with the occasion.

In two meetings against Oakleigh in the NPL Victoria this season, Hume claimed a win and the other game was a 1-1 draw, while the Cannons won the Dockerty Cup clash.

"I expect the exact same (from the Cannons)," Oldfield told FourFourTwo.

"Oakleigh have a lot of good players, a lot of ex-A-League players too. They've got a lot of quality.

"We've got to stop them from playing, step on their toes and don't let the occasion take over and I think we'll be fine."

Only a Nick Hegarty goal separated the teams when they met in Broadmeadows in June.

With a penalty shootout potentially needed in the cup, Oldfield has already achieved a feat few goalkeepers manage in their careers.

In an NPL elimination final against Melbourne Knights in August, the shot-stopper incredibly saved four penalties in a shootout win.

Oldfield, who said he "lost the plot" in celebrations, knows spot-kicks are largely a lottery should they be needed against the Cannons.

"With penalty shootouts, if you see any of the other players taking penalties, which I did do, I have seen Oakleigh take penalties … and Oakleigh won," he said.

"You can change your mind on the day, it's just luck. If you guess the right way or they put it in the corner, you've got to do your best to save it.

"There's not really much preparation you can do other than just do your best."

Oldfield is among the goalkeepers at NPL level considered as a potential future A-League recruit.

The Liverpool youth graduate understood Melbourne City's decision to instead look abroad with the signing of 39-year-old former Sunderland, Aston Villa and Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.

"As a young goalkeeper, it's disheartening seeing Melbourne City signing an older goalkeeper, but Sorensen is a world-class goalkeeper," Oldfield said.

"He can't play in the Premier League and play all over the world and be bad. (There is also)] pressure on Melbourne City to win something.

"I see the club's point of view, of course I can. You've got to win trophies and for them to get an experienced older figure as a goalkeeper in there, it's the perfect option for them.

"A club like Melbourne City to take a risk on a younger goalkeeper, with not a lot of experience, it's very unlikely and it's a punt. If the goalkeeper has a brilliant season, you've hit the nail on the head. If you don't, they're under pressure and the manager is under pressure also."

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