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Determined Bale targets final

Posted on 12 April 2012  - 12:39

Gareth Bale is determined to erase the memory of our last semi-final at Wembley - and book a place in the FA Cup Final on Sunday.

Determined Bale targets final

We're back at the national stadium for a mouth-watering semi-final against Chelsea on Sunday, kick-off 6pm.

Turn the clock back to April 2010 and we faced Portsmouth in the last four under the famous arch.

Flying in the Premier League at the time - and on our way to qualfying for the Champions League - we were favourites that day but came unstuck in extra time after it finished goalless in 90 minutes.

Goals from Frederic Piquionne and Kevin Prince-Boateng ended our dreams of the final that year but the players responded magnificently to the loss with back-to-back wins against Arsenal and Chelsea in the space of a week on the way to finishing fourth.

“We let ourselves down against Portsmouth two years ago, we didn’t play well and that was a tough defeat to take, but we’ve got another chance to reach the FA Cup final and we’re determined not to let it slip by this time," said Gareth, who started at left-back that day.

“Obviously we’ve got difficult opposition in Chelsea. They’re a great side, have done really well in the Champions League and it won’t be easy. But I think if we are on our game on the day, then we can reach the final because I feel we have the better team.

“We played very well at Stamford Bridge recently, it ended goalless but we had the better chances on the day and we probably should have won the game. That will give us plenty of confidence going into this match.”

The lads were hit hard by Monday's loss to Norwich in the Premier League but then boosted when the Blues were held by Fulham, so we hold onto fourth spot.

"Monday was disappointing, but we’re all looking forward to Wembley now," added the flying winger.

"We just need to get on with it, forget about Monday and move on. It’s not every day that you play at Wembley in the semi-final of the FA Cup, especially in a London derby, so that will be great for the atmosphere.

"It’s a fantastic occasion to look forward to and, hopefully, we've some history to make."