KEANE ON CUP CHALLENGE
Robbie Keane hopes the occasionally unpredictable nature of the FA Cup comes into play when we head across town to take on Chelsea at the quarter-final stage on Sunday (kick-off 12.45pm).
Robbie Keane hopes the occasionally unpredictable nature of the FA Cup comes into play when we head across town to take on Chelsea at the quarter-final stage on Sunday (kick-off 12.45pm).The striker - fresh from his two-goal show in the 1st leg of our last 16 UEFA Cup tie against Braga on Thursday night - accepts the team will be up against it at Stamford Bridge in a clash that probably all seven other teams in the last eight pot were eager to avoid. The favourites tag won't be applied to the team in white shirts, but spirits are particularly high in the squad following five straight wins.
"We are playing against the Champions and they haven't been beaten at Stamford Bridge for a long time," pondered the man currently in possession of the captain's armband. "We are not kidding ourselves, we know it is going to be difficult, but with the way we are playing we will go in with confidence high and will hopefully get a good result.
"Not many people expect us to win so we have got nothing to lose in some ways, but just look at the tradition of the FA Cup. Surprises do happen and hopefully that will be the case on Sunday.
"It is game all the lads are looking forward to. It is all set up and hopefully it is all set up for us to get a good result. If we can continue with the way we've been playing of late we've got as good a chance as anyone of going there and winning.
"They have lost a few games this season that they didn't before when you went there thinking you would be lucky to get any sort of result. We will now go there thinking we've got a good chance."
Meanwhile, Robbie reflected on the drama in Braga and concluded that it was a job well done, despite the setback of having a two-goal advantage cancelled out before his second goal scoring intervention of the contest.
"It was obviously nice to score but the most important thing was the result. We wanted to come here and get at least a goal or two and we managed to do that.
"We are disappointed in the way we conceded the two goals but, if I'm being honest, I thought the penalty was a little bit harsh and it brought them back into the game. It put us on the back foot for a few minutes and they managed to get another one.
"In the end though we can be quite happy with the result," he continued, adding that he will take a few more nervous finishes to games if cup progress and league climbing carries on, although Robbie acknowledged that the conceding of goals via penalties and set pieces has got to be tightened up on.
"We are not making it easy for ourselves and I don't mind if we keep doing it as long as we are winning. We managed to win again in the last minute or so and that is always nice but we've got to learn, when we do go ahead, not to concede any goals. At the moment we are getting away with it.
"You can feel the confidence flowing through the team and that comes when you are winning games. That is what we are doing at the moment and long may it continue."
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