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Jones delight at Cardiff victory

Glenn Loovens and Steve Thompson celebrate Cardiff's win
Glenn Loovens and Steve Thompson celebrate Cardiff's win

Cardiff boss Dave Jones says it is time for Cardiff's current crop of players to make their own history after dumping Middlesbrough out of the FA Cup.

The shock win put the Bluebirds into the semi-finals for the first time since they won the Cup back in 1927.

And Jones told BBC Sport: "I get 1927 rammed down my throat every time, but we're trying to make our own history and these boys will deserve it.

"I think we played well today and fully deserved the victory."

Given the financial predicament currently facing the club, Jones said the win over Gareth Southgate's side was especially sweet.

"It's a great achievement for this football club with all that's going on around us back home," he said.

The plane home will be rocking, not with the wind, but with us on it

Cardiff boss Dave Jones

"I don't think the chairman will be disappointed with today and I don't think Gareth can have any complaints.

"We said if we played to our potential and they are slightly off then we would have a chance.

"The first five minutes they piled a lot of pressure on us, but we got the goal, then put our foot on it, played some good football and defended when we had to.

"We were composed, did the right things and it is up there with the best performances since I've been here.

"It's a great victory and I've certainly enjoyed it. I'm sure the plane home will be rocking, not with the wind, but with us on it."

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Goalscorer Peter Whittingham said the dressing room was "buzzing" after the final whistle.

"I thought we were brilliant today and it's a great day for everyone to do with Cardiff," he said.

"We just can't wait to see who we get in the semi-final.

"I don't think Middlesbrough can have any qualms with today. I think we controlled the game and I think we showed we were Premier League class today."

And of his opening goal, he said: "It felt amazing just to see it hit the net. It was a really good occasion for me and I'm just happy for the lads."

Cardiff striker Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink said the players took confidence from Barnsley's defeat of holders Chelsea on Saturday.

"Seeing how Barnsley did it quite comfortably, we were asking ourselves if this was the Championship's year," he said.

We have to hold our hands up, Cardiff were better from start to finish

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate

"Today we went out with no fear, we kept going and scored at two good moments and we never looked in trouble.

"It was a great FA Cup game."

Middlesbrough boss Southgate conceded the best side won.

He said: "We have to hold our hands up, Cardiff were better from start to finish and they thoroughly deserved the win.

"It's a massive disappointment for us because we've got a full house in and we wanted to play the type of football that they wanted to watch and we haven't done it.

"I don't think we can have any gripes about anything today. It's my responsibility because I'm in charge and I obviously haven't set the right tone because we haven't performed.

"The fans are going to be disappointed and angry, understandably so."


see also
Middlesbrough 0-2 Cardiff
09 Mar 08 |  FA Cup


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