It is very, very special. Whichever team or manager is in place, the traditions are always there. It is one competition where we are right up there with the very best. Perhaps teams have been more consistent than us haven't reached the amount of finals that we have. It's something to hold onto and everyone at the club feels it.
One reason we've always put a big emphasis on the cup competitions is that, for whatever reason, they can keep a run going. Looking at Palace at home, I suppose on paper it was a game we were expected to win, but the confidence you can get from a game like that can spread onto the next game and for us, onto a decent run now.
Morale always good
Chris Hughton insists the morale at the club remained intact through the tough times around Christmas.
Successive defeats saw us slip into the bottom three at the turn of the year but a 3-0 FA Cup win against Palace appeared to inject the confidence back into the side and we remain unbeaten in 2004 - we're now up to 11th in the Premiership.
Coach Chris reflected: "Right the way through it, the morale and spirit of the lads hasn't been that bad.
"You have period of ups and downs but it's been good all the way through and that's enabled us to have the confidence to believe we could go on a decent run.
"We knew we had the players and the ability to do that.
"There is a difference, of course, the Monday morning feeling has been better and when you win games, there is always a little more spring in the the step. That's not just players, that's everyone around the club."
He's having a good season for us, he's a player we all admire here and as well as what he gives us on a match day, he's generally the last one off the training pitch and a pleasure to work with. I think what we have given Robbie as a club is a fair amount of stability in his football life and I think that shows.
I would have to say it's no surprise to us. Helder has been unfortunate because of circumstances because we've tended to go with the tried and trusted - Fredi, who had a season art West Ham and Ribbie, who's been with us for a while. We've tended to go for that rather than Helder, which is unfortunate for Helder. We always had faith in him and when we brought him in, it was because we saw his potential. It's no surprise to us that he's done well. Apart from the fact he scored against Liverpool, it's also his contribution. We've got an 18-an squad and the seven players not involved in the starting line-up want to make a contribution. I think the joy of playing for Helder was there for all to see and if he is playing, there is every chance he'll score.