Date:Monday March 10 2008
Lassana Diarra has said what we are all thinking, and what we all know is true, as fantastic as the quarter final win over United at Old Trafford was it will count for nothing really if we do not go all the way now - we will possibly never have a better chance…
We can, and have basked in the glory, and rightly so but now - although I am not saying this is a gimmie, as it certainly is not - as Diarra said we must finish the job: 'I don't want to talk about it being one of my most memorable wins.
'Let's speak about this if we have won the competition. I don't want to go to Wembley and lose.
'I'm very happy and proud and it is good to beat United, but we have to stay focused and make sure we win the competition now.
'Of course we can win the FA Cup. If we can beat Manchester United, we can win the competition.
'It would be a waste of this famous victory if we didn't go and reach the final and lift the trophy. We must finish the job'.
Diarra - along with everyone else in all fairness - was fantastic again at Old Trafford, he truly is a world class performer. At this point in time we have to enjoy it while it last, we cannot be worrying too much about him possibly leaving in the summer but maybe, just maybe he has offered a glimmer of hope to suggest that he will stay here next season? He went on to say: 'I'm very happy to be here. I'm playing every week now and I'm enjoying my football.
'I can get better of course. The best is yet to come from me.
'I feel very comfortable on the field and that is largely down to the manager who gives me confidence.
'Everyone at Portsmouth has tried to help me settle in and that is why I feel so comfortable out on the pitch'.
Who knows what will happen, but I would think that winning the FA cup could quite possibly convince him and a few others that staying here for at least another season is a good way to go… For the best of his career I really do think staying here next season will do him - and of course us - the world of good.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Monday March 10 2008
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