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Anderton - Pompey capable of winning

Darren Anderton has joined the growing list of former Pompey players, including Andy Awford, Guy Whittingham and Paul Walsh, as well as current players and members of the coaching set up in thinking we can beat United - but he not only thinks he hopes we can as he still has plenty of admiration for Pompey and the fans, plus the semi final heartache we suffered 16 years ago still gets to him even now…

Anderton, who famously scored the goal that had us within minutes of beating Liverpool and getting into the 1992 FA cup final told The News: 'I've still got a lot of affection for the club and I know a lot of fans think they were robbed in 1992 - some of the players still do as well!

'So I'd love to see Pompey go on and win the FA Cup - it would be great for a team from outside the top four to win it this season.

'It's always a tough game at Old Trafford, but the current Portsmouth side are well capable of going up there and getting a result.

'Of course, Manchester United are favourites - but they are favourites whenever they play.

'Harry Redknapp has done great things and they are full of top players these days, so it wouldn't be a massive upset if they went up there and won'.

The then talented 20-year-old scored 5 goals as he helped us get to the semi final, his 5th and final goal for us in that seasons FA cup - his final cup goal for us full stop - is one that I still see in my head over and over, seeing him race away to then beat Bruce Grobbelaar was something else… Equally though I still see the John Barnes free kick off the post for Ronnie Whelan - who, although I may be wrong, did he not take out Mark Chamberlain early in the game? - to score the equaliser 4 minutes from time…

Anderton also recalled how we went into that game as huge underdogs and outsiders but never lacked the self belief to think we could do well, he is also convinced - as I am sure each and everyone of us are - that had we beaten Liverpool we would have beaten Sunderland in the final: 'we went there and just enjoyed it. It was the first huge game for all of us and we weren't overawed by the occasion.

'None of us went up there thinking "We could get smashed here," although I'm sure some people were expecting that.

'We didn't expect to beat Liverpool, but we wanted to put up a good show - and we certainly did that.

'It was just a shame we couldn't hang on because I'm sure we would have beaten Sunderland in the final'.

Comparisons between these two games can be drawn, in many ways although United are a much better team than that Liverpool side were, we are also a much better team than we were then, but the gulf in quality is not much different… if we approach the game with the same attitude as the boys from 92 then there is no reason why we cannot pull off the upset this time and again be within one game of the cup final, hopefully this time going that extra step…

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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Date:Thursday March 6 2008

Time: 8:47AM

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Brave words but we will have to up our game 200% & hope they drop theirs by 90% to have a chance. If it goes to form we'll lose again. By how many is the argument. Reality kicks in at lunchtime on Saturday, not long til wake up time.
storagematt
The comparison with 1992 is interesting but irrelevant. Football has come so far since then and we now are a better side than Liverpool were then. Pompey cannot prevail by effort alone, it will need much more than that.
eastneydave
Shaggys goal will always bring a tear to my eye for as long as I live.. unless of course we get to a cup final before I drop dead and the memory of 'what if' will fade!.. Things is, United is a 6th round tie Liverpool in 92 was a semi and therefore we were only 90 minutes away from the FINAL rather than 90 minutes away from Wembley as we are on Saturday .. The biggest difference between the two events was that in 92 the team had belief and were so much the underdogs it was untrue.. expectation is higher these days and our squad have all played at Old Trafford already back then many of us had only been to Highbry or Villa Park once or twice.. another difference it that the team of 92 were well bonded are current crop are not.. that's not to say we can't do it but if (sorry when) we do it will not eclipse 92 ... only a goal 4 minutes from full time against Chelsea in the Semi can do that ... but even then we could hardly get that excited about going to Wembley as we'll be there watching it ... Nice words Shaggy I hope you are right...
Chix
Whelan did take out Chamberlain, Mark was on top of his game at the time, it was a lynch job good and proper
paultsmouth
they certainly are but i don't believe they will as they do stuff things up a lot a bit like the qpr of old so i predict utd 4-0 winners
ozanne park rangers
The scars of 92 will only heal once we go one better.
storagematt
He's right you know, I reckon we will pinch it 1-0
paultsmouth
 

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