Those weren’t the words I wanted to use to write this piece but you get the gist of it.
Micah Richards 73rd minute goal spared city from a replay in Berkshire and booked City’s place in the semi final of the FA Cup for the first time since 1981. He directed a header beyond visiting keeper Alex McCarthy, who until that moment had looked like not being beaten all afternoon.
McCarthy produced a string of saves to stop Yaya Toure and David Silva scoring in the first half, while Carlos Tevez and Richards were also denied by the Reading keeper. For a while, it looked likely to be one of those days that we have seen on many occasions down the years.
You know the sort, where we dominate a game, fail to beat the keeper then the opposition go on and score a winner. Thankfully, that didn’t happen today, thanks to Micah’s header and now we go on to face United at Wembley on April 16th or 17th, just a couple of days after my birthday.
I’ve heard a few complaints about drawing United in the semis, but it is likely that we would have played them in the final anyway and to be honest, I’d rather face them now rather than in the final. Why? Because they would raise their game in the final and it would mean more to them to stop us winning the cup than winning the thing themselves.
Don’t get me wrong, I would have loved a derby final and it will come one day, but I’d rather put them out at the semi final stage this time around. Once past United, then we have Bolton or Stoke to contend with and many will feel that the winners of the derby will win the cup.
We’ll have to see on that one, but the main thing is we are through to the last four and all those goals that we should have scored today can be saved for Thursday when Dynamo Kiev visit.
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