No less than five London clubs were involved in the FA Cup quarter final draw which was made this evening. Although Arsenal still have to play a fifth round replay, the influence of the capital clubs in the cup is significant.
After Chelsea beat Manchester City 5-1 and Crystal Palace defeated Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 earlier today, the draw was made for the quarter final in the FA Cup. Former West Ham United player Trevor Sinclair and Graeme Le Saux (ex-Chelsea) made the draw, which was very London-orientated. First of all, there is the game between Reading (which is really close to London) and Crystal Palace. That match means Palace manager Alan Pardew goes back to his former club. On the website of the FA the manager commented on his sides success and the romance of the competition: “I said to the players in the changing room that you won’t know the effects and the impact The FA Cup has until you reach the quarter finals, Semi-Finals, Final – then you understand this competition and the romance of it.”
The second game sees the winner of Arsenal/Hull take on Watford. Then there is West Ham United who travel to the winner of Manchester United/Shrewsbury, while Chelsea entertain Everton, a replay of the FA Cup final in 2009. Coincidentally, Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink was also the manager of the Blues then.
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Hiddink said: “It was a long time ago. I have good memories but that’s the past. They will remember that as well. Some might still be in the team so they’ll go for revenge. We had a difficult game against them here recently. We hope to maintain our flow in The FA Cup when we play them there.”