Sunday, February 14, 2010

Part of the magic of the FA Cup is watching the minnows in the early rounds and then cheering on whatever small clubs are left in the later ones.

There's been some great Cup runs from the smaller and less fashionable Clubs for quite a few seasons now.

This weekend's fifth round matches maybe weren't the most exciting ones of late, but the Crystal Palace-Aston Villa tie this afternoon was an absolute cracker and summed up what the competition is all about.

With the season Palace have had, you can't grudge them a good Cup run and the chance to make some much needed cash.

It all looked so good for them. Two goals up and in the ascendancy, they ended up drawing 2-2 after Villa's Stiliyan Petrov netted the equaliser for the Premiership side with just three minutes remaining.

Palace must feel that they just can't get a break just now. Docked ten points for going into administration and plunged from fighting for a spot in the promotion playoffs to trying to stave off relegation in one fell swoop.

Let's hope they can go through in the replay. Their fans certainly deserve it.

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