Sunday, June 27, 2010

FA Cup run can lift the gloom, says Portsmouths John Utaka

Bystaff Published: 8:04AM GMT 05 March 2010

FA Cup run can lift the gloom, says Portsmouth Justifying his wages: John Utaka, of Portsmouth, celebrates scoring his initial idea in the FA Cup fouth turn opposite Sunderland at Fratton Park Photo: GETTY IMAGES

The Nigerian set up the leader for Kanu in Pompey"s FA Cup delight of dual years ago and has his sights set on some-more Wembley excellence this season.

A lot of ghastly H2O has upheld underneath the overpass given that important win over Cardiff, however, with Portsmouth right afar in administration department and confronting roughly sure relegation from the Barclays Premier League after a postulated duration of monetary mismanagement at the club.

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Portsmouth"s submissive fans have been forced to continue most in new times, but Utaka is confident he and his team-mates can broach a little hearten prior to the season"s end.

"We won at Wembley prior to and we"re dynamic to go behind there again," Utaka said.

"Winning the FA Cup was a illusory feat for us and we will try to repeat that this season.

"We"re ready for anyone. Birmingham are a great side who have finished really well this season.

"It will be a difficult diversion - it regularly is in the FA Cup. It doesn"t make a difference who you play, you"re regularly going to be tested."

Birmingham striker James McFadden is battling to be fit for the diversion at Fratton Park.

McFadden was replaced during last weekend"s joining win over Wigan with a groin damage after scoring the wilful idea from the chastisement spot.

He assimilated up with Scotland after the week end but was forced to repel from the side to face the Czech Republic on Wednesday night - the initial diversion of the Craig Levein era.

Blues trainer Alex McLeish said: "When he ran off frankly last week I pronounced "it"s not similar to McFadden" and I severely disturbed about his chances of personification for Scotland.

"Craig Levein was brilliant. He was up front in conditions of the healing side of things.

"We contacted the Scotland alloy and Craig who pronounced he wouldn"t take any chances if James wasn"t 100% fit.

"Now I"m anticipating he wasn"t far afar from personification but we will consider him in precision to see either he is accessible to fool around in the Portsmouth game."