Date: 14th January 2015 at 4:57pm
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Stephen Hunt is adamant that he does not see a sustained cup run as being a problem. On the contrary, he thinks it is a great idea!

At 33 however you can understand that his chances of getting his hands on some silverware are fading fast and we have seen in recent years that unfancied teams can go far in this competition.

Mick McCarthy looks eager too but only perhaps if we can get through in the 90 minutes! The last thing he, or indeed Saints manager Ronald Koeman needs is some extra time and penalties. ‘ I don’t want to be here until midnight so let’s try to win it in normal time,’ our manager explained in a press conference prior to the match.

It will interesting to see how Darren Ambrose performs in front of a live television audience this evening and whether the blues take the initiative from the off?

Playing at home means that they will have to start looking for goals and if the manager plays his in-form front two, then there is every likelihood chances will be forthcoming.

Unfortunately though, as the blues look to attack, Southampton will be looking to break and much may depend on how the game begins this evening and whether the anticipated wet and windy conditions favour the underdog or not?

Certainly the field will not be as refined as at St. Mary’s and if it cuts up a little, this may make The Saints passing game become a bit more problematical.

Most of all though tonight, I hope the Town do themselves justice. In front of an almost sell-out crowd, the Portman Road faithful will be hoping for something a bit special.

It promises to be an exciting affair and although an early goal may go along way to deciding the game I hope it is for the blues and that we can look forward to a fourth round home tie against Palace.

The magic of the FA Cup is still with us so let us be the ones to keep the magic alive with a memorable performance this evening!

Frank Weston – Editor Vital Ipswich

 

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