Saturday, January 05, 2008

FA Cup 3rd Round: Chasetown 1 - 3 City

A month ago this would have been a very dodgy match for City. Languishing at the wrong end of the Championship, leaking goals, not scoring many, against a side over 130 places below them in the football pyramid right up for a giant killing act. Thankfully City's form of late suggested that although a potential banana skin, if they approached it with the right attitude, class woud out. Still, I couldn't get those potential Sunday paper headlines out of my head..."Plucky Chasetown Shoot Down the Bluebirds", or similar.

That potential scenario was made more likely when City conceded the first goal of the match to a Kevin McNaughton own goal inside 20 minutes. Could a big upset be on the cards?

Thankfully no. City drew level on half time with a Peter Whittingham shot, before 17 year old Aaron Ramsey, another product of the City youth system nodded us ahead soon after the break. City now more relaxes built the pressure which inevitably told and on 73 minutes Paul Parry made it 3-1, which turned out to be the final score.

So, into the 4th round, though by all accounts Chasetown can be proud of themseleves. More important in the bigger scheme of things is another win for the Bluebirds - more wins breeds more confidence.

Next up? How about Man U away? Or even at home....dreaming...

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