If they needed one, and I am sure they don’t, Blues could have no bigger incentive to beat Huddersfield than a 5th round draw at home to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. I have seen all the comments on social media sites twitter and facebook about avoiding relegation being more important than the FA Cup and I agree staying in the championship is crucial. However it is the FA Cup the greatest domestic cup competition on the planet. Seeing your team walk out at Wembley in the FA Cup final must be on the football bucket list of most fans I would suggest.
Some people were also asking the hypothetical question would you rather beat Sunderland in the league or beat Huddersfield in the replay- well last time I checked you didn’t have a choice! And what is wrong with the philosophy of
“As well as and not instead of”?
I make no secret about it I love the FA Cup and always have done and the thought of a mouth-watering tie against Manchester United at a packed St Andrews whets my footballing appetite.
There is no reason why Blues could not beat Sunderland or any other upcoming game and also beat Huddersfield. Conversely you could pick a weakened team for the cup replay and still lose the next league game?
In my opinion all you can do is play the next game you are facing and not look any further than that.
West Bromwich Albion have the look of a team that could possibly reach the final of the FA Cup. If they are at it and pick the right team against Southampton then they should have more than enough to win the tie, especially as it is at the Hawthorns, and reach the quarter finals. 1968 saw them beat Liverpool and spookily Southampton on their way to that wonderful Wembley final win against Everton.
I know they have staying in the Premier League uppermost in their minds but to do that wins the club, manager and players plenty of money but winning the FA Cup final brings glory to the fans.
And what a way to celebrate the life of Cyrille Regis than with a trip to Wembley in the final?
I covered Coventry’s fourth round tie at MK Dons and the Sky Blues were impressive and worked hard for their 1-0 win. It’s a very tough fifth round draw for them having to travel to Premier League Brighton. However hopefully some of that magical FA Cup dust will be sprinkled on Mark Robbins team at the Amex and they can provide what would be a shock if the league 2 team were to win.