Carlo Cudicini describes Sunday’s win over Charlton as a classic Cup tie and one he was delighted to see us come through with a 3-0 victory.
The League One side were resolute in a goal-less first half before we finally managed to the turn the screw in the second period.
And the Italian stopper did his bit at the other end to ensure a clean sheet in a game that was nowhere near as easy as the scoreline may suggest.
Carlo said: “It’s the beauty of the FA Cup. A wonderful atmosphere and an opposition who, despite being a League One side, gave everything.
“They played very well, especially in the first half, and didn’t give us the space to be dangerous.
“We played a little bit too slow and didn’t switch the ball quick enough. We tended to play through the middle and they had three in midfield so it was a bit congested in there.
“But we started the second half better and after the first goal we were able to show our skill and quality and make things easier.
“We were able to create more chances but they did as well, so it was good to keep a clean sheet also.”
Late saves from Akpo Sodje, Kyel Reid and former Spur Gary Doherty almost belied the fact this was Carlo’s first appearance since our famous Champions League victory over Inter Milan on November 2.
So the 37-year-old was delighted with how things went, adding: “As a goalkeeper you always want to keep a clean sheet. My last game was against Inter two months ago so it’s not easy to come back in and be ready.
“It’s always good when you get the chance to play. That’s why I tried to do my best because you want to get other chances. So I’m pleased about my performance and the team’s performance.”