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We should seize moment - Mowbray

Tony Mowbray
Mowbray is eyeing an FA Cup and promotion double (Getty)

Manager Tony Mowbray has challenged his West Bromwich Albion players to seize the moment as well as their opportunity in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final.

The Baggies face Portsmouth at Wembley hoping to reach their first final since they won the cup back in 1968.

"It's obviously more than just another game. It's a huge occasion for the football club," Mowbray told BBC WM.

"It's an opportunity we have to grasp. In any footballer's or coach's life this doesn't come along very often."

Despite facing the only side from the Premier League left in the competition, Mowbray is not fazed by the prospect of taking Pompey on.

"I don't think we've got anything to fear," he admitted.

"You can debate all day about the qualities of the Championship compared to the quality of the Premier League but the fact that none of the big four are left suggests that the underdog can win on any given day."

Albion won the FA Cup in 1968
Albion last got to the final in 1968

It is Albion's second visit to Wembley since the new stadium opened and they are hoping for a better result than the last one they had there - the defeat to Derby in the Championship Play-Off final last May.

But Mowbray thinks Saturday's occasion will have a different feel.

"The Play-Off final is the last one of a three-day weekend and the pitch is sometimes beaten-up a little when you get to play on it," he added.

"But for the cup semi-final the pitch will be in pristine condition."

Albion v Portsmouth in the FA Cup semi-final is live on BBC WM 95.6FM from 1100BST on Saturday.




see also
West Brom v Portsmouth
03 Apr 08 |  FA Cup
Portsmouth match reaction
04 Apr 08 |  FA Cup
Kiely focuses on Cup not critics
04 Apr 08 |  West Bromwich Albion
Lawro's predictions
03 Apr 08 |  Football
Clement hopes for Wembley place
02 Apr 08 |  West Bromwich Albion
Bald Eagle backs Pompey in Cup
02 Apr 08 |  Portsmouth
Anderton backs Pompey in FA Cup
01 Apr 08 |  Portsmouth
Micah Richards column
04 Apr 08 |  Football


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