Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: Goal-Den Oldie Is a Real Threat; on the Boro Beat the FA CUP E-On One Game from Wembley: A Look Ahead to Tomorrow's Big FA Cup Clash with Cardiff City Bluebirds Chairman Expecting an Upset

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: Goal-Den Oldie Is a Real Threat; on the Boro Beat the FA CUP E-On One Game from Wembley: A Look Ahead to Tomorrow's Big FA Cup Clash with Cardiff City Bluebirds Chairman Expecting an Upset

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CARDIFF City chairman Peter Ridsdale is confident his side can upset the odds in tomorrow's FA Cup quarter-final.

The Bluebirds supremo is upbeat about the Championship side's chances of toppling their Premier League opponents when they meet at the Riverside.

"We know we've got a task on up in Middlesbrough," Ridsdale said.

"They're a Premier League side, they've got English internationals in there and they've just paid pounds 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," he added.

Cardiff qualified for the quarter-finals for the first time since 1927 after cruising to a 2-0 win over Wolves in the last round.

And, despite their stuttering league form, Ridsdale says his side will go into the tie at the Riverside full of confidence.

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

"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."

Cardiff's campaign has been plagued by the threat of administration but the club's chairman says the game will be a welcome distraction from the club's current problems.

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

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

Former Cardiff City captain Jason Perry echoes Ridsdale's belief in the club.

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

"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 Boro in the FA Cup back in 1994.

The Bluebirds won the tie 2-1 after extra-time in a replay with goals from Phil Stant and Nathan Blake.

And, while Perry accepts that Gareth Southgate's side will go into the tie as favourites, he says the Welsh club should not be underestimated.

"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," Perry added.

MARK SCHWARZER has warned that Boro must beware golden oldie Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink in tomorrow's FA Cup quarter-final clash.

The Dutch Master, a former Boro fans' favourite is set to return to the Riverside Stadium with Championship outfit Cardiff City in what is sure to be a tense battle with a place at Wembley at stake.

The ex-Leeds, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker scored 34 goals in 89 games and helped Boro to the UEFA Cup final in Eindhoven and also to the FA Cup semi-final in 2006. …

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