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JD driven by Wembley dream

Posted on 3 February 2010  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe is arguably more determined than most to reach a Wembley final having missed out on three in the space of a year!

JD driven by Wembley dream

Jermain Defoe is arguably more determined than most to reach a Wembley final having missed out on three in the space of a year!

The striker left the Lane for Portsmouth just prior to our famous Carling Cup Final win over Chelsea in February 2008.

Later that season, JD could only look on as his Pompey team-mates lifted the FA Cup while he was ineligible due to involvement with us in previous rounds.

And the 27-year-old suffered more heartbreak just under a year ago when a foot injury ruled him out of our ultimately unsuccessful defence of the League Cup against Manchester United at Wembley.

This season's FA Cup represents another chance for Jermain to fulfil a dream - although he knows there is still a long way to go.

Leeds United, to whom we travel for tonight's Fourth Round Replay, stand in our way, and JD knows the challenge they represent after coming back twice to draw 2-2 with us at the Lane 10 days ago.

So he is in no doubt about what a victory at what is likely to be a hostile Elland Road will do for our confidence.

Jermain said: "Elland Road is a great stadium and Leeds is a good football club, so the atmosphere is going to be brilliant.

"But if we can go there and win, we can then kick on and go further in the competition. Winning a big game away from home would bring confidence and that can only kick-start us.

"The FA Cup is a special competition, so it would be brilliant to get into the final and to go on and win would be great for the football club. If we can come through this game, you never know what could happen.

"I missed the Carling Cup Final last season because I was injured and I also missed Portsmouth's FA Cup win in 2008 because I was cup-tied, so winning the Cup this year would be fantastic."