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It's Cardiff in the Cup

Interesting draw for us in the FA Cup away to last seasons finalists and former winners (in 1927) of the trophy - Cardiff City. The league one side, currently 4th in the Championship, has a decent home record and will provide tricky opposition.

Former gooner trainee Jay Bothroyd currently turns out for them and they have a fair amount of premiership experience in their squad. This includes keeper Enckelman, skipper Darren Purse and midfielder Ricardo Scimeca. Another name likely to be familiar to gooners is Mark Kennedy who scored a memorable goal for Millwall to knock us out of the same competition back in 1995.

It`s a competition that we are likely to take more seriously than we have done at times over the last 2 or 3 seasons as our title aspiration fades for this season. That should ensure we avoid any complacency and hopefully our summer signing from Cardiff, midfielder Aaron Ramsey who came on as a substitute at Wembley, will be able to give us some helpful insight.

The tie is scheduled to take place at Ninian Park over the weekend of 24-25th January.

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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 4 2009

Time: 9:43PM

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Well at least it's a new ground to visit, but one I wasn't exactly itching to get to. Ninian Park isn't a nice place for an away fan. However, if we play a strong team we have a good chance to go through and with a few all Premiership ties,the competition might start to take shape in our favour if we are professional against Cardiff. It won't be easy because Cardiff are going well and are pretty formidable at home I think and it's an old fashioned sort of ground which will be rocking on the day. This is a good test for our players and anything less than 100% concentration/ effort will see them go out.
Little Dutch
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04/01/2009 22:08:00

we played them in the cup a while back... nice ground they have in london... massive away section! ...oh wait, that was the cup final :-) (sorry)
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04/01/2009 22:09:00

i was hopeing we didnt get these away long journey there id rather had a prem team at home
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04/01/2009 22:31:00

The journey is a bit of a bore but I like seeing us against a variety of teams, so I'm happy overall.
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05/01/2009 02:23:00

Absolutely fantastic draw, the best i could've picked. Their last year at Ninian with old school terracing and a blinding night out = yes please!
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05/01/2009 11:35:00

I know a few Soul Crew boys who live down here. They recon it will be easy hunting for their lot so travel safe LD.
Ozi Gooner
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05/01/2009 11:52:00

could turn out to be a nasty little banana skin for you......
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05/01/2009 13:12:00

Agree with LD. If we're professional, we should have enough to see ourselves through.
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05/01/2009 17:22:00

Agree with adamski, if we're professional we should beat this team.
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05/01/2009 17:38:00

Agree with shewore, if we're professional we should make it to next round no problem.
Youngest in Charge
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05/01/2009 21:34:00

Agree with YiC, if we're professional, we should easily prevail.
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05/01/2009 22:23:00

Agree with G-F, if we're professional, a victory shall follow.
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05/01/2009 23:20:00

agree with all yu guys, but wt if Cardiff actually turn up for the game & are professional too lol..
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06/01/2009 07:10:00

Agree with Luckys, if we're professional and take this game seriously, we should advance.
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06/01/2009 15:13:00

So we all agree. Super.
Little Dutch
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06/01/2009 15:21:00

Agree with little dutch, that we all agree
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06/01/2009 15:37:00

LOL never seen such uniform agreement on one article in a looong time!
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06/01/2009 15:58:00

Agree with foreverunited that this level of agreement is rare
Ozi Gooner
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06/01/2009 22:17:00

agree with Ozi, the rarity of this level of agreement only reinforces that if we're professional, we'll get the job done.
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07/01/2009 02:04:00

easily pleased
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08/01/2009 00:09:00

didnt wenger field a weakened team against man u last season in FA cup, to concentrate on league an champions league, hopefully he will learn hes lesson, as ye have never been to the new wembley
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08/01/2009 00:12:00

Where did 123spurs get his name from? Positions they will never finish.
Ozi Gooner
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08/01/2009 01:57:00

Do them please & then we won't have all that crap we had last season. A welsh team winning the cup & being allowed to represent England in Europe.
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08/01/2009 12:59:00

Woo hoo! Away scheme will be standing for this game. storagematt, Cardiff have had about 50 years to repeal that rule and have never bothered, had they beat you last season it would have been their own fault had they not been allowed enrty to the UEFA Cup.
Little Dutch
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08/01/2009 13:19:00

ahhh no it been how long since ye won a trohohy.....123........?
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08/01/2009 17:23:00


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