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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 February 2008, 08:10 GMT
Cardiff can win at Boro - Perry
Unlucky Sheff Utd keeper Paddy Kenny looks on in despair
Unlucky Sheff Utd keeper Paddy Kenny looks on in despair
Former Cardiff City captain Jason Perry believes the Bluebirds can beat Premier League side Middlesbrough in their FA Cup quarter-final.

Boro booked their place in the last eight thanks to an extra time own goal from Sheffield United keeper Paddy Kenny to win the replay 1-0.

"There is quality in this Cardiff City side at the moment," said Perry.

"If they can go to Middlesbrough and put them under pressure, I do really think they can win the tie."

Perry captained Cardiff the last time they beat Middlesbrough in the FA Cup back in 1994 when they won 2-1 after extra time in a replay with goals from Phil Stant and Nathan Blake.

And while he says Gareth Southgate's team will be the favourites to win, he believes Cardiff have good chance of causing an upset at the Riverside.

"Everybody expects Middlesbrough to win other than the Cardiff City players who will be looking forward to pitting their wits against Premier League class players," he said.

What we've got to do is put the off-the-field uncertainty behind us
Peter Ridsdale

Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale is up-beat about the Bluebirds' chances against their Premier League opponents.

"We know we've got a task on up in Middlesbrough," said Ridsdale. "They're a Premier League side, they've got English internationals in there and they've just paid 13m for a centre forward.

"But we've got a good side. We've got a side that's got this far, a side that on their day can play some very good football.

"We're not going to Middlesbrough to lie down. We're going to be beat them and at the worst bring them back to Ninian Park.

"We're just going to go out there and enjoy it and we certainly think we can go there and get something out of the game.

He also said the game would be a nice distraction from the club's current off-the-field problems.

"What we've got to do is put the off-the-field uncertainty behind us," he added.

"We've got to look forward and I'm glad to say that we'll be concentrating on the football for the next 10 days or so looking forward to an FA Cup quarter-final tie."

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