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THE HUGHTON VIEW

Posted on 9 January 2007  - 12:00

Back at Spurs Lodge and preparing for Newcastle on Sunday, Chris Hughton gives his final thoughts on the goalless draw against Cardiff City in the FA Cup.

Back at Spurs Lodge and preparing for Newcastle on Sunday, Chris Hughton gives his final thoughts on the goalless draw against Cardiff City in the FA Cup.

THERE weren't that many chances at Ninian Park on Sunday and I thought we went about our business reasonably well against a very good Championship side.

We didn't create as much as we would have liked with our best two chances falling to Jermain Defoe. I felt he snatched at the first one slightly and in the second half, in a similar area from a wonderful pass from Steed Malbranque, he may well have stuck that one away on another day.

Towards the end of the game, the fear of losing is probably greater than thinking about the opportunity to push on and win. Having said that, I don't think they threatened us that much apart from the chance in the first half from Young-Pyo Lee's back-pass, but in the end we were happy to get them back to our place.

I think we had the better of the possession but they were the home team in front of a very fanatical crowd, a blustery, windy day and it was all there for an upset in front of the TV cameras, so it was good for us to come away with a draw.

The replay is back at the Lane next week and we'll look to build on our home form, which has been excellent. It will be another tough game though, just as we've experienced already at home in cup competitions against Port Vale and Southend.

Cardiff might change their game plan as they played a certain way at Ninian Park and looked to utilise the front players. Perhaps they will look to play on the break a bit more but then again, they might see it as a one-off tie and go out to try and win it. We're at home, our fans will drive us on and we'll be aiming to go out and win the game.