That kind of hurt. Our treble dream disappeared between EVDS, Carrick and Berbatov. Pointing fingers is never smart but given how well we played especially at the back, it would be harsh on those that kept it simple and never put a foot wrong.
City have had problems when they have gone behind this season but they have been equally good when they have taken the lead. So I feared the worst when Toure gave them the lead.
One couldn't help but wonder what might have been if Berbatov had put away one of his three chances in the first half. Make no mistake, those were the kind that a striker of his calibre should put away. It was a shame that he wasn't at his lethal nest for the game.
City scored from a defensive error that was in part due to EVDS's poor attempt at a clearance nit largely because Carrick couldn't make a pass past Toure. In the end, that mistake ensured that the payers let themselves down and I hope Tuesday will be the day they bounce back from today's disappointment.
We have the league and the Champions League to play for now but I'd suggest that we ride home our advantage in the league and the Cup will only serve as a bonus. We've invested more in the league this year so hopefully we don't throw it away in the manner we've thrown the FA Cup away.
The saddest thing about today is that very many of the current crop of players lack the FA Cup winners medal and its sad that EVDS will retire without one. Shame for a player of his calibre.
We return to the bread and butter of league football on Tuesday at St. James' Park in need of a win to bounce back.
Labels: THE FA CUP