Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Middlesbrough V Peterborough; at Riverside Stadium Today (3Pm Kick-Off) Cup 'Has Lost Some of Its Magic'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Middlesbrough V Peterborough; at Riverside Stadium Today (3Pm Kick-Off) Cup 'Has Lost Some of Its Magic'

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Byline: ANTHONY VICKERS

TONY Pulis believes the once cherished FA Cup has lost some of its magic - but that doesn't mean he won't be going flat out to beat Peterborough today.

The Boro boss admits he still feels a bit of misty-eyed nostalgia for the world's oldest knockout competition but knows it has been sidelined by the glitz and glamour of bigger prizes.

"The FA Cup was a special thing when I was younger," he said. "Today we are saturated with televised football but back then it was one of the few games shown live.

"Having been brought up in the 60s and 70s I remember that to watch an FA Cup final was a family occasion when everyone would gather around the TV and it was special.

"You would play football until kick-off, watch the final and then go out and play again until it got dark at 10 o'clock.

"But with the other stuff going on now, like the Champions League and the Premier League, the way that has taken off, all the top quality on show and the big money involved, it has watered the FA Cup down a little.

"It can still be magical if you go on a run and have a bit of success. I have been lucky enough to go to a final and that's special and I know this club have been to the final too, so everyone will know that."

Boro host a Peterborough side who have stuttered of late but will be fully fired up and aiming to take a scalp.

They have slipped out of the League One play-off places after a run of just one win in five and they suffered an upset on New Year's Day as they lost at home to relegation haunted Scunthorpe.

But Posh won away at Aston Villa at this stage so they will be optimistic while Boro will be wary and still smarting after suffering a Carabao Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of League One Burton.

Pulis is ready to shuffle his pack, enforced by injuries and the strength-sapping effect of the festive fixtures. …

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