Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Marc Wilson looks forward to cup final

Ireland international Marc Wilson insisted Portsmouth's victory over Spurs will provide the team with inspiration when they face Chelsea in the Cup final.

Avram Grant's side sprung a major surprise as they delivered a big upset to knock out Harry Redknapp's men at Wembley on Sunday.

Pompey battled their way through to the final with a display of grit and heart.

County Antrim born Wilson felt the match proved to be a nip-and-tuck affair, before his side took the lead in extra-time through Frederic Piquionne.

They doubled their advantage through a Prince Boateng penalty to seal a win which will go down in Fratton folklore.

Wilson's side now have an even bigger task in the final when they face Chelsea.

But the Irishman believes yesterday's triumph can provide inspiration for another unlikely success.

Wilson said: 'I don't think there was a lot between the teams.

'Tottenham are a great side with great players.

'I think we just nicked the goal at the right time and that was good for us.

'Chelsea are a great team. They are one of the best teams in England, if not the best. We don't care who we'll face. We are just delighted that we have made it this far.

'We have to carry on in the same way we have been going so far. It's been a fantastic run.

'Chelsea are a good side, but so are Spurs – and no-one gave us a chance of beating them.'

Wilson explained there were riotous scenes in the Pompey dressing room after yesterday's win.

He said: 'The lads are buzzing. It was a brilliant atmosphere in the dressing room afterwards. It was definitely a bit lively.

'I was really pleased for the lads and delighted to get the result.

'It's a huge achievement to get to the final.'

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