Date:Monday January 15 2007
With the Owls travelling to Eastlands to take on Manchester City for a second time in the FA Cup Third Round replay, we give you a second helping from a City fan Ashley.
1. How important is the FA Cup to City this season?
Well of course the FA Cup is an important cup for every team thats involved in it and it's no different for Manchester City. As has been well reported especially by them lot down the road we've not won a 'trophy' for 31 years so it'd be good to win any trophy let alone one of the best cup competitions in the world. Were doing quite well in the leauge so hopefully a cup run will be able to give us more confidence to go on and do well in the league too.
2. How did you do in last year's competition?
Quite well actually and it was our best effort for a long while before eventually going out in the quarter finals against West Ham. Being at home against them i fancied our chances of progressing but on the night we were second best and West Ham eventually went on to play in one of the best finals of recent times.
3. What are your opinions on Stuart Pearce?
Quite simply his record in charge of this football club has not been good enough in terms of results but he's done well of late especially considering he's not had too much to spend on transfers and since he's came he's lost a certain SWP who's career has seemingly gone down the drain. I'm fully behind him but some times his tactics leave a lot to be desired but recently he's got them spot on so credit where its due.
4. Joey Barton will be back on Tuesday, how much of a boost will that be?
In my opinion Joey is our best player and he's been absolutely brilliant this season and his all round game has improved ten fold. While a lot of people will doubt his attitude theres no doubting his ability.
5. How good is Micah Richards? And can you hold on to him through the transfer window?
Fantastic. While he is not the complete football and has plenty of aspects of his game to improve on he's a breath of fresh air. Ever since he's came into the team just over 12 months ago he's been nothing short of superb and his improvement has been there for all to see. He's pacey, strong, hard working, good tackler and a fantastic header of the ball who will only get better and better. I don't think he'll leave during this month because i don't think Chelsea will pay what we will ask for which will be closer to 20 million than to 15 million due to Oldham getting 20 % of any deal.
6. What's your most memorable Owls v City match?
Without a doubt theres been some good games but non stand out more than the last time we played at Sheffield Wednesday when we won 6-2. We seen a genius that day in the name of Ali Benarbia who was absolutely superb and what a joy it would to have seen him in his peak.
7. What's your most memorable City FA Cup memory?
I think most City fans would say the 4-3 against Spurs because it was a fantastic comeback and a game which made sure we'd go to Old Trafford in the next round. We were seemingly down and out at half time being 3-0 down, having 10 men and our best player in Nicolas Anelka having gone off injured but second half we were fantastic and ended up winning 4-3 with John Macken(Yes he scored believe it or not) getting the winner in the last minute.
8. Who are your danger men?
Despite a lot of people doubting Samaras there is no doubt in my mind that he's our best striker by a long way. A lot was expected of him with the price we paid but he's still only young and has only been playing English football for less than a year. I don't think Pearce intended on playing him week in week out but such is our lack of poor strikers he's had too but it's there for all to see with the goals he's scored since he's been with us that he has plenty of ability and it's now about him being a bit more consistant and hopefully he'll start on Tuesday and bag another goal or two.
Cheers Ashley, here's hoping the replay is as good as the first match last weekend! Good luck for the rest of the season.
Next Up - Sunderland...
Date:Monday January 15 2007
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