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FA Cup final: Portsmouth v Cardiff

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Well then

Who would've thought it? It's FA Cup final day and not a 'big four' club in sight. You could have got odds of 500-1 for this final before the competition began. Anyone get lucky?

You can follow all the build-up and action here:
news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/foo...

Cardiff haven't won the Cup since 1927, Portsmouth last lifted the famous trophy in 1939. Which club's barren run will end today?

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posted May 18, 2008

Though Enckleman could have done better ( and I don't particularly rate him either ), Cardiff really need to look their defence...that cross that Enckleman looked to have spilled ( from which Kanu scored ) was at full stretch and therefore unlikely he could hold on to it...

The defence should provide the keeper with confidence by shutting moves like that a lot earlier...and when Enckleman spilled it, Cardiff were still nowhere in terms of protecting the goal and keeper...

When a keeper is faced with having to cover for weak defending, and all the options are on the cards for the attacking team, that's a real tuffen...

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posted May 18, 2008

Credit to Cardiff, they did have a go and tried to win and have had a excellent run but i'm glad Portsmouth won. Harry is a great manager and really deserved to win something and Portsmouth have incredible fans. Although having said that, Dave Jones is also a great manager and the Cardiff fans played their part in making the cup final a special day. Some people have said that this game was dull but it was definitely better than last year's final.

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posted May 18, 2008

It was a tough catch for the 'keeper to make and he is to blame for spilling it, but he made a rod for his own back by attempting to punch every other cross/shot.
He seemed very nervous and for that you can't blame him.
Not a bad final but it won't be remembered for long :)

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posted May 18, 2008

All the neutrals. It's funny. Your all saying our defence is bad, I'm a Bluebirds fan, trust me. It's veery good. Just not today. You all think we gave it a right go, we can play a lot lot better then we did. I was so dissapointed to see us play the way we did.

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posted May 18, 2008

my heart goes out to all the cardiff fans. I am a huge Glasgow Rangers fan and i was distraught last wednesday not only by the fact that we lost the game but it could be a very long time before we get their again. Against all the odds in europe this season we have beaten Stuttgart, Lyon drew with barcelona, beaten panathnaikos, werder bremen, sporting lisbon and fiorentina - underdogs in every single game! The same can be said about cardiff, going on a fantastic run and beaten in the final, its heartbreaking. The difference between rangers and Cardiff loosing their respective finals to, say either man u or chelsea loosing the european cup final is the manner in which they get there. Watching cardiff make it to wembley was great, they played with so much passion and belief to do the impossible, same with rangers in the uefa cup. whoever looses on wednesday night will not feel as bad as cardiff or rangers as they can just throw 100,000,000 at players and win it next year. This frustrates me and im sure it annoys cardiff fans aswell as we just cant do that. But it makes me more proud to have got to the final - using players that have come through the ranks rather than bought for millions, it makes it such a better achievment. Congratulations to portmouth and just as much congratulations to cardiff.

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posted May 18, 2008

What rubbish Kevin Radcliffe writes - 'dont' blame Encklemann..... etc". His was the most deplorable goalkeeping display I've ever seen at that level. He only actually caught one ball in the whole game and that was when he was under no pressure. He either palmed, punched or pushed everything away that he should have caught. The goal was ALL HIS FAULT as Richard Johson rightly told him in very straight forwards terms. He has the simplest of taks to grab it but he just let it hit his arm. How the hell did Jones select a guy like this to keep goal is beyond me. He was uncertain from the first whistle to the very last. A total disgrace.

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posted May 18, 2008

Tell us what you really think JamesAutar

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posted May 18, 2008

Cardiff City unfortunately were muscled out of the FA Cup final and were also very naive in thinking they could play their usual game against a 'Premiership' club who have won all their FA Cup matches this year by only one goal. Once Portsmouth scored their solitary goal they then decided to 'shut up shop' by committing over 20 fouls every time Cardiff pushed the ball passed their defence. It's amazing that Pompey only ended up with 3 yellow cards instead of a 'shed load'. It's also a credit to Cardiff that Redknap decided to show them some respect and go with 4-5-1 as he knew how potent his 'Championship' opposition could be. As for the comment by 'The Midland 20' about the most boring final ever, it sounds very much like 'sour grapes' as there were no Midland sides in the final, or semi final come that - were there even any in the quarter finals? Cardiff did lose I realise that, but the fans showed the so called top clubs how to react in defeat by staying for the presentation of the cup to Portsmouth and also give their own side encouragement in defeat. Well done Pompey, but try not to out foul the opposition three to one as you can play good football when you put your minds to it.

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posted May 19, 2008

Enckleman shouldn't be blamed for the defeat. At end of day Cardiff didn't score, so It really didn't make a diference, you need to score to win. Cardiff have done excellence in cup this season, but they lack quality to really make their possesion count. If they sell Ramsay and Ledley then they need to make some very good signings who can play in the championship and try and push for the playoffs. They have gone close a couple of times but the end result is quality. Dave Jones has been brilliant in picking the team. If Cardiff could go up to the premiership I believe they would be a big attraction.

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posted May 19, 2008

I totally agree, Pompey were a very physical side and I feel that if it had been a league game and not the FA CupFinal the ref would have used more cards, eg Glen Johnston at least 5 fouls first half, 2 def yell cards. Disappointed Cardiff lost, but would have been more annoyed if I`d stayed at home to watch on TV and that they`d won. Being there was perfect, Both sets of fans a tribute to their clubs. As with 1925 then 1927 lets look fwd to 2010

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