James Chestney gets quite excited over our tenacious performance that halted Arsenal’s winning FA Cup tie run.
Hull City or Barcelona?
Who are the hardest to prepare against?
Hull City apparently – according to Arsene Wenger – after the Tigers took the Gunners to a replay after a 0-0 draw at the Emirates.
It is the third time in as many years City have played the side considered as one of England’s ‘top four’ but the Tigers were up for it.
Both managers made changes with a sum total of nineteen players missing from the previous game they had played.
If you are looking for heroes in this most famous of cup competitions, then Hull City had one in goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic. He pulled off some notable saves to keep his side in the tie, the best being when he touched a Joel Campbell free kick onto the post in the final few minutes.
The holders had two claims for penalties from Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck turned down by referee Mike Dean . The Tigers had their own claim when Harry Maguire fell over in the box and got a yellow card for his troubles. That was his fifth of the season, so he will miss Sheffield Wednesday on Friday.
If dominance had been the key Arsenal would have been into the quarter finals and at home again, this time to Watford. They were as far as the pundits on the television were concerned – they had beaten City and were already through.
Belated apologies have been accepted, Messrs Chapman and Shearer.
This was Wenger’s 100th FA Cup game but the Tigers brought a halt to his side’s 14 match winning run for his side.
It will be a manic last few months as the Arsenal go for promotion from the Championship and the Tigers go for Champions League glory … ah …. wrong way round, but under Steve Bruce …
We dare to dream.
Oh, don’t forget it’s Wednesday on Friday.