FA Cup quarter final draw reaction – Barnsley get Chelsea, Portsmouth earn trip to Man Utd

Ollie Irish

18th, February 2008

FA_Cup.jpgThe full draw for this season’s FA Cup quarter finals:
Sheffield United or Middlesbrough v Cardiff City
Manchester United v Portsmouth
Bristol Rovers v West Brom
Barnsley v Chelsea

First reaction: I would have loved to see Man Utd and Chelsea drawn together, as Alex Ferguson mischievously predicted would happen, but overall I think this is a good draw for the neutral, and an excellent draw for the minnows left in the Cup. Harry Redknapp will be sicker than several parrots at the prospect of a trip to Old Trafford; but it’s a tricky tie for the champions too.
Barnsley’s reward for beating Liverpool is a plum tie at home to Chelsea. They deserve it and I hope they can perform another heroic giant-killing act. Sheffield United and Bristol Rovers will be dreaming of a spot in the last four, after being drawn at home, but then their opponents will also fancy their chances. What do you make of the draw?

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