Monday, 10 March 2008

Fee-Fie-Foe-Fum... I smell an upset

In an incredible weekend of FA cup action the giant killers were out in force, setting up a semi-final round involving 3 Championship clubs and only one Premiership representative (and not one you might have thought). People all around the country will be kicking themselves they didn't put that bet on, but then again who could have really predicted it?!

The real hero story from the quarter-finals has to be the relegation threatened Barnsley knocking out last year's champions the mighty (rich) Chelsea, showing that money can't buy you love. Having said that, the financial boost they'll get from reaching the next round will certainly put a few smiles on the faces of the players (and perhaps a few new cars in the Oakwell Stadium car park).

Cardiff City did very well to knock out the not-so-mighty Middlesborough, and will be pleased to have drawn Barnsley in the semis. Similarly Barnsley will be happy to have been drawn against Cardiff, not least their on loan goalkeeper Luke Steele who had they drawn West Brom would have been prevented from playing against his parent club.

Although West Brom have turned out some excellent performances in the past few rounds of the cup, they will do very well to get passed Portsmouth, whose manager Harry Redknapp will be rubbing his hands together at the prospect of becoming the first English manager in over 10 years to lift the FA cup.