Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Duff: We Are Good Enough to Go All the Way; Winger in FA Cup Rally Call THE FRIDAY FILE Stoke City V Newcastle United FA Cup Third Round, Britannia Stadium Sunday, January 6, 2008. Kick-Off: 6pm

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Duff: We Are Good Enough to Go All the Way; Winger in FA Cup Rally Call THE FRIDAY FILE Stoke City V Newcastle United FA Cup Third Round, Britannia Stadium Sunday, January 6, 2008. Kick-Off: 6pm

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Byline: By LEE RYDER

NEWCASTLE UNITED star Damien Duff has defied critics of the current Magpies squad by insisting he and his teammates still have enough quality to end the season with silverware in the shape of the FA Cup.

Newcastle will travel to Stoke City under immense pressure to get into the hat for the fourth round, but the skilful pounds 5m ace is in a confident frame of mind.

The Republic of Ireland winger has impressed during his comeback games, even though his return has taken place amidst a gloomy backdrop of just one point from the last 12.

Yet after being part of Jose Mourinho's legendary Chelsea sides that won both the Premier League title and the Carling Cup, as well as winning the League Cup with Blackburn, Duff said Newcastle can still make this a season to remember.

He told the Chronicle in an exclusive interview: "We believe we can still win things with this squad.

"You could see that in recent games. At times we have got stronger and stronger but we haven't got the final results.

"We did that against Chelsea but the way we lost was a massive blow in the way the winning goal was scored.

"That was very disappointing, but that is life at the moment at Newcastle and we just have to get on with it."

Duff's performances in the last few games have been noted by Newcastle fans, with the reemergence of the highly-rated winger almost like a new signing for Sam Allardyce.

However, the Ballyboden-born star admitted he would love to add an FA Cup winner's medal to his collection after picking up two Premier League trophies with the Blues and two League Cup gongs with Blackburn and Chelsea during his time at Stamford Bridge.

And while his comeback may have arrived when confidence on the terraces is at such a low ebb, Duff is feeling on top of the world in terms of his form after returning from a serious foot injury which almost brought an end to his career.

He added: "I feel brilliant at the moment and I could run all day for the team.

"It's just great to be back playing.

"I have felt fit and just want to get stronger and stronger.

"There have been no complaints about playing too many games from me. …

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