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Nicole Carroll: A one woman mission to make a name in football

Birmingham’s FA Cup Fever

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The nerves have been making the stomach’s churn of the Blues faithful for around a week now. We’re currently one match away from our first trip to “New Wembley”, currently enjoying the best season in recent memory.

After going on a 15 match unbeaten run and a cup run that has astounded many, some Blues fans are even daring to believe that we may have a chance of getting to the semis, and there is even whispered talk of us making the finals for the first time in recent history.

In the way of all of this stand Portsmouth, a team who have been spoken more in terms that concern off the field matters, rather than what has happened off the field. Currently in administration and rooted to the bottom of the league, Portsmouth have looked a beaten team from the start of the season, and relegation to the Championship is now inevitable.

Since they entered administration however, things seem to be looking up for them. Although they may be stuck to the bottom of the table, they beat Burnley to drag them even closer to the Championship, and they themselves have their eyes on a Wembley trip to round off what is looking to be their final year in the Premier League.

Ever since we drew Portsmouth in this round, I’ve been worried. The underdogs in this fixture are definitely Portsmouth, so this means they are playing with a lesser expectation than Blues and can almost boss the game. They also have the capability to score goals when they are on their game, which is something which has troubled us all season. We’ve won 7 times with 1-0 score lines, the latest coming at last weekends win over Wigan, courtesy of a James McFadden penalty which was earned in dubious circumstances.

I don’t want to be negative, if anything, this season has helped us believe in ourselves a little more and start looking forward to matches. There is no denying that this match is going to be difficult. With ITV’s cameras on us, we’ve got to hope the lads really fight for this chance to visit London and have at least one day out at Wembley. I don’t feel a win for us tomorrow, but a draw and a replay at St.Andrews should seal the deal on a great day out to the capital. This is the best chance we’ve had in years, lets not blow it now.


Written by Nicole Carroll

March 5, 2010 at 11:51 am

Posted in FA Cup

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