A draw away at Fulham isn’t a bad result, certainly not this season (just ask United), but a semi final draw against Portsmouth is a cracking result. Wembley is within our grasp – and not just for the semi.
This is the best chance we’ve had to get a real piece of silverware (that can’t be scoffed at) for years. To win the FA Cup you need a bit of luck, a spot of pluck and some good performances. We’ve done what has been required so far without having to be spectacular, though we have taken a slightly scenic route in doing so.
But as long as you’re in the hat for the next round, you’re doing alright and another trip to Wembley is on the horizon. The draw should inspire the players and hopefully, complacency will be kept at bay. We’ve still got a job to do, but Fulham at home and Pompey at a ground we’ve not lost at in 90 minutes, is more than doable.
A lot of fans are wondering about the battle for 4th place as well. With the injuries becoming more than just a nuisance and replay after replay in the cup, our fighting on both fronts has become a little stretched. Now let me make it clear, I want us to give it a shot at both. What’s the point otherwise? However, I’ve seen fans on various boards, blogs and websites saying that 4th should be the priority, perhaps at the expense of our cup run.
To be honest though, if you look at the fixtures we have and the fixtures our rivals for fourth have, we are most certainly not the favourites. Our record against Chelsea, United and A*senal in the Premiership speaks for itself, though the two derby games are at home and are therefore winnable. Who says we can’t go to Old Trafford and get at least a point? Stoke away is tough, as is City away, but the rest are games we’d expect to win.
Looking at it this way, and the bigger picture as a whole, it is well within the realms of reality that we will not finish 4th, perhaps not even 6th. We will give it a go but six points dropped against Wolves, three at home to Stoke and certainly four points dropped against Villa, might be where we lose the race for the Champions League.
I would love to be in that competition and watch our lads march out on a Tuesday or Wednesday night against Europe’s elite but I’m gagging to see us lift the cup. We’re Tottenham – we are the FA Cup, it’s our trophy and it’s about time we took it back. If we reach the final we’ve basically won it (nine FA Cup finals, eight wins says it all). So let’s go for both. We must make the most of the opportunity that has presented itself.