And why not after the Premier League away-day specialists were drawn away to Preston in the 5th round. While there’s sure to be a cracking atmosphere for the game at Deepdale, the BBC report that Harry Redknapp is confident of landing an FA Cup quarter final spot and taking a step nearer to Wembley.
“It could have been a good deal worse,” said Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp, whose side are one of six Premier League teams left in the competition.
“It’s a decent draw against a club with great history and I’m looking forward to going up there maybe meeting people like Tom Finney.
“Everyone wants a home tie at this stage but we are quite happy about this.
“We’ve got a chance because we have our African Nations Cup players back and when we’re at our strongest I think we can give anybody a game.”
Although PNE are 22nd in the Championship, Portsmouth will have to make a half-decent effort to be in the hat. Which is more than can be said for Liverpool and Chelsea, who have home ties against Barnsley and Huddersfield respectively. The FA have brought the final forward this year, it takes place at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Arsenal.