Bristol City v West Ham: Aden Flint relishing Andy Carroll battle

Aden Flint and Andy Carroll
Bristol City defender Aden Flint (left) has scored four goals this season, compared to five from West Ham striker Andy Carroll

Bristol City defender Aden Flint is looking forward to a physical battle with West Ham striker Andy Carroll in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.

Carroll has five goals in his last nine games for the Premier League side, while Flint has been an integral part of City's League One promotion push.

"He'll let me know that he's there early on and hopefully I can give that back," said Flint, who stands an inch-and-a-half taller than 6ft 3in Carroll.

"It's a battle I'm looking forward to."

Carroll, who has nine England caps, became Liverpool's club-record signing in 2011 when he joined from Newcastle for £35m.

But the 26-year-old's time at Anfield was hampered by injury and he was loaned to West Ham before moving permanently in 2013 for £15m.

Ten days before Carroll joined Liverpool, centre-back Flint left Alfreton Town to sign for Swindon for £150,000.

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The 25-year-old went on to win the League Two title with Town, under the management of former West Ham striker Paolo Di Canio, and was signed by City for £300,000 in June 2013.

When asked about coming up against Carroll, who is known for his power and strength as a centre-forward, Flint joked: "We both love to head the ball for a living.

"But you don't get big money moves Liverpool for no reason, and he plays in the Premier League so you've got to be a good footballer - besides heading it.

"He's come back from injury and West Ham have pretty much turned a corner.

"You always want to play against the best players and it's a challenge I'm relishing."

Bristol City battled relegation last season but are currently second in League One and are on their way to securing a place at Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final.

Sunday's game at Ashton Gate will be the first time the club have played in the fourth round of the FA Cup since 2007.

"It puts a smile on your face when you're winning games," added Flint. "Last year was difficult, for me and the team, but we've turned a corner now and everyone's looking up rather than down.

"We can't be getting ahead of ourselves. We've got to keep our feet on the ground and play to the best of our ability."