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

over Birmingham.

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.