Already 1-0 up via Jermain Defoe’s early strike, the 10 men produced a superb defensive display to keep the home side out and following two top-drawer saves from Paul Robinson, Steed Malbranque secured our place in the last four seven minutes from time.
Pascal was one of the defensive heroes having switched from right-back to centre-back following Didier’s dismissal.
“Didier was upset because he touched the ball and I think it was a bad decision,” reflected Pascal. “We saw it and said ‘we now play for Didier’ and tried to win it for him.
“He was very upset. I saw him in the changing room at half-time and he was very sad because of the red card, especially as it was in the 20th minute. He couldn’t believe it.
“When we finished he came onto the pitch and said ‘thanks very much’. Didier makes everyone happy in the changing room and we did it for him.”
Pascal Chimbonda wore one of his trademark smiles back at Spurs Lodge after the Carling Cup win at City as he insisted: “We did it for Didier.”The defender felt the controversial sending off of Didier Zokora after just 20 minutes of the quarter-final brought the team even closer together.