Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Flournoy Is Full of Respect for Sheffield Behemoth

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Flournoy Is Full of Respect for Sheffield Behemoth

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Byline: Mark Douglas Chief Sports Writer mark.douglas@trinitymirror.com

FAB Flournoy believes de-railing the Sheffield Sharks "juggernaut" will be the biggest challenge of the Newcastle Eagles' season so far.

The Eagles head into the first leg of a BBL Cup semi-final against the inform Sharks with their tails up after their nail-biting defeat of Worcester Wolves at Sport Central - but Flournoy believes it is far too early to be dishing out praise to his team.

Taming the Wolves was the biggest result of their campaign so far but it gets no easier for Flournoy's men, who will travel to a Sheffield team that are in the thick of the title mix this season.

They have won six of their last seven games, a run that includes an impressive defeat of Durham Wildcats in the quarter-finals of the Cup. Flournoy has hailed the Sharks as one of the strongest teams in the chasing pack, and feels that tonight's semi-final clash is the most important game of their season.

"The way this season is progressing for us, each week becomes bigger than the last and this is the biggest game of the season for us," he said.

"Last weekend was a big win. It was a nail-biter and the sort of game that we wouldn't want to go through again but this weekend is a new challenge.

It's a huge test.

"Sheffield are playing extremely well at the moment. They had an injection of fresh blood over the summer which was mixed with players who had experience and knowledge of the 'Sheffield way' and it is no surprise to me that they're doing well.

"Sheffield is one of my former clubs and I would file them under the category of major BBL club. They're a juggernaut. I think like all clubs in the BBL they will have their peaks and troughs and they will have some seasons that are better than others, but they're back to a position of strength again.

"They got themselves back on track towards the end of last season and won the Trophy and I think this season has been like a continuation of that form.

"Add into that that they feel a bit disrespected by people last season, who maybe didn't recognise their contribution. …

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