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Instant impact!

David Bentley knew he had to help us raise our level a notch or two when he came off the bench last night.

David Bentley knew he had to help us raise our level a notch or two when he came off the bench last night.

And that he certainly did, scoring with his first touch and sparking a comeback from a goal down to help us to a 3-1 FA Cup quarter-final replay victory over Fulham.

Now the midfielder, who just about made the squad for the game following injury and illness, is relishing our trip to Wembley to face Portsmouth in the semis.

He said: "The manager gave us a kick up the backside at half-time and told us to go back out and play with more tempo.

"It's good when you can come on and try to have an impact, and as a team we knew we had to improve after half-time, and that's what we did.

"We've got players with such great ability that sometimes the football will become a bit slow because we all want to get on the ball.

"Sometimes you've just got to put in the running and that's what we did second half, run about a bit, showed a bit more tempo, and then our quality showed through.

"Now we're in the semi-final, which is great. We're going to go and play Portsmouth and it'll be a great day out for all the fans. And we'll be confident going into that game."

The game marked David's return from a month out with a groin injury - an absence prolonged after he was hit by a virus before last weekend's league game at Stoke.

He added: "I got myself back in the team but got a one-in-a-million injury, pulling some muscle nobody's ever heard of!

"Then I got back fit for last weekend but went down with a virus that put me out for four days.

"So I only had one training session before the game and it was difficult, but I managed to keep myself fit enough and it was all good on the night."