Cardiff City have accomplished a giant-killing act after they knocked out Premiership side Middlesbrough from the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday and marched into the semis to b held at Wembley this year.
City manager Dave Jones says:
Honest to God – and you have got to believe me – once tonight is out of the way, we are in tomorrow and we are getting ready for the next league game now because we have a lot of catching up to do.
But this must give us an incentive now because, man for man down there, they are absolutely elated and they are ecstatic and everything else.
Someone asked for champagne – for what? We have just got through to the next round.
We have not done anything yet. All we have done is get through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
We haven’t won it, we have not got to the final and we have got to get prepared. Why would we be drinking champagne?
That’s for the staff on the plane going home.
As for the Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate, well you can read the gloom here now:
It is a huge disappointment for us. We know what an opportunity it was to win something.
But that is the cup and that is why I always say you are judged as a team by what you do in the league because the cup can go any way for you.
We have had games here that we should have been out of competitions and we have gone all the way to the final.
Today, we got what we deserved. It’s what happens on the day and we didn’t deliver.
But all hats off to Championship side Cardiff for keeping the magic and romance of the FA Cup alive. Next stop Wembley and Cardiff do not care whom they face.