FAN'S VIEW: Hornets will need Cup magic to overcome City

Watford Observer: The Hornets were beaten 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium last season. Picture: Action Images The Hornets were beaten 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium last season. Picture: Action Images

The FA Cup is arguably the most exciting domestic cup competition in the world with its highly thought of reputation reaching every continent on the planet.

A competition where it is possible for a local grassroots football team made up of part timers to potentially make their way through to the big stage.

Although most clubs outside of the Premier League are realistic about their chances of winning the historic competition, the magic of the cup is alive.

Players dream of winning it and fans have the desire to see their team go as far as they can and possibly draw a tie with a top opponent and see their club gain more exposure in the wider footballing world.

Watford got off to a nervous start in their third round match at Bristol City, being held to a 1-1 draw. The replay saw the Hornets dispatch the League 1 side 2-0. 

Beppe Sannino was thrilled with the result although he was a little disapointed with the first half performance. 

The win has set up a replay of last years third round cup tie against Manchester City.

The Hornets will face the Mancunians after they thrashed Blackburn Rovers 5-0 in their replay.

The prospect of the match is a tasty one. It offers Watford the chance of revenge after City demolished the Hornets 3-0 last year. 

City, however, have been prolific at home this season and Watford’s chances of upsetting the former Premier League title winners look slim at best.

Still as the magic of the FA Cup has proved time and time again, never write off a team as anything can happen and that has to be one of the reasons the competition is so favourably looked upon by fans across the world. 

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7:56pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Essex Hornet says...

All credit to Blackburn for managing to hold out for 46 minutes and trying to take the game to City whenever they could. Sadly for them they got well and truly battered in the second half but at least they gave it a go.

On their current form at home City should beat us no problem at all, but many people said they would do the same against Wigan in last years final and look what happened. We all know the cup is magic and unpredicatable and that is what will spur thousands of us on to make the journey next week.

The boys shoukd go into the game all guns blazing, get in their faces, and most importantly make sure we take any sort of chance that comes our way. If Fessi had scored when he broke away last year we might have suprised them. If we play with pride, passion and determination anything is possible on the day and I will be more than happy whatever the result. The boys should have a pint of Guiness the night before the game and go to sleep chanting believe, believe, believe.

If your going up there then sing your hearts out for the lads and get them over the finishing line. COYH.
All credit to Blackburn for managing to hold out for 46 minutes and trying to take the game to City whenever they could. Sadly for them they got well and truly battered in the second half but at least they gave it a go. On their current form at home City should beat us no problem at all, but many people said they would do the same against Wigan in last years final and look what happened. We all know the cup is magic and unpredicatable and that is what will spur thousands of us on to make the journey next week. The boys shoukd go into the game all guns blazing, get in their faces, and most importantly make sure we take any sort of chance that comes our way. If Fessi had scored when he broke away last year we might have suprised them. If we play with pride, passion and determination anything is possible on the day and I will be more than happy whatever the result. The boys should have a pint of Guiness the night before the game and go to sleep chanting believe, believe, believe. If your going up there then sing your hearts out for the lads and get them over the finishing line. COYH. Essex Hornet
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