FA Cup Roundup, Mar. 6
Portsmouth’s season has seen four different owners and the threat
of liquidation but will also include a trip to Wembley after
Frederic Piquionne fired them to a 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final victory
Pompey, saddled with debt and being pursued by Her Majesty’s
Revenue and Customs, will earn more than £600,000 in prize
money and broadcasting fees for reaching the FA Cup semi-final but
money was hardly on their minds as they celebrated victory against
Alex McLeish’s men.
Piquionne’s goals brightened up a tie short on action until
he struck in the 67th and 70th minutes, though Liam Ridgewell
thought he had scored for the Blues late on only for the officials
to deem his header hadn’t crossed the line.
Before that, there was little to do for the two England
goalkeepers on display, with David James looking to re-establish
himself as Fabio Capello’s first choice and Joe Hart tipped as a
future number one.
Fulham and Tottenham must try again after their quarter-final
at Craven Cottage ended goalless.
Heurelho Gomes was the busier of the keepers but, in a game
of few clear-cut chances, neither manager could have much complaint
about the 0-0 scoreline.
Zoltan Gera came closest to settling the tie at the first
time of asking, but his close-range header was well saved by Gomes
diving to his left.
The replay is at White Hart Lane on Wednesday March 24.