For a second round running, as Pompey won at Norwich, the Blues scored a dramatic injury-time winner – again coming from Aston Villa loanee Andre Green – to move into round four of the FA Cup.
The reward for seeing off the high-flying Championship side was a meeting with a club from the same level, QPR following Monday night’s draw.
Sadly, as a result of his recall to Millwall, Ben Thompson isn’t going to be involved. Yes, losing the midfielder is a big blow as he’s shown so much quality and made such an impact during his time at Fratton Park, but it is what it is and that’s the drawback of a temporary deal – the Lions were always likely to take him back to the Den to be fair.
Anyway, back to this cup-tie. QPR at Fratton, well this represents another good test and challenge against a side at a level hope to return to very soon. All being well, that will come next season but with the immediate challenge coming our way the R’s aren’t going to relish coming to the south coast, are they?
Ok, home form hasn’t always been the best and promotion from League One is definitely our priority, but who wouldn’t want an extended FA Cup run? So, if we can see off QPR then there’s a good chance – providing the “big boys” don’t keep falling – of a real money-spinning fifth-round tie…
PLAY UP POMPEY