Middlesbrough at home. Not a bad draw in the FA-cup at all. If our defense can keep the box free from unpleasent surprises we should win this. And be able to reach the Q-finals.
Our first game against Middlesbrough was actually in the FA-cup too. In 1912. It ended 1-1 and we won the replay at home. Our last meeting - last November - was more than 96 years later, but also ended 1-1, after Mullins scored but Mido levelled 7 minutes from time when Collins unforgivingly let the ball slip under his jumping body at a freekick.
At least we haven't lost to Southgate's team at home since the year of 2000!
Most of us surely remember when Marlon Harewood scored against them in the FA-cup semi-final 2006 which took us to Cardiff and the famous Liverpool loss on penalties.
Remember the beautiful win with THESE pictures!
Of course we could have been better off, if drawn to teams like Watford, Derby/Nottingham, Coventry or the team we dislike most these days: Sheff U. But we all know the slip-ups we are used to against inferior teams (even if things may have changed with Zola). But against a team like Middlesbrough it just ain't gonna happen. We'll play our best... and we will win!
The clash will take place at Boleyn the 14 or 15th of February.