Mourinho was brought in to get us trophies, and of course to boost our profile. And last night he kept us on that road, a bumpy road, but that road nevertheless, to the FA Cup Final. The showpiece at the end of the season.
We didn’t need a penalty shoot out or even extra time… we did it in the allotted time. Granted 3 minutes before the final whistle was blown, by Son, from the penalty spot. They all count.
All looking good so far. But saying that, with the winter break now with us, Mourinho has a lot of work ahead of him; he needs to employ that time improving, what is sometimes a very chaotic and disorganised team. We’ve got the talent, but not quite yet nailed the concentration, structure, confidence and consistency. But we will get there.
We battled past Southampton in a thrilling FA Cup fourth-round replay to set up a home tie against Norwich City. He has a lot to do before the Villa game on the 16th.
We went ahead when Tanguy Ndombele’s shot deflected in off defender Jack Stephens, before Shane Long made it 1-1 after Nathan Redmond’s effort had been parried by Hugo Lloris. Danny Ings curled a shot past Lloris to put the Saints ahead, but Lucas Moura equalised with a strike from 18 yards after 78 minutes.
We finally won the tie when Son converted an 87th-minute penalty. The penalty was because he had been fouled by Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn after an excellent pass from substitute Dele Alli had created the opportunity.
An earlier incident saw Saint’s midfielder James Ward-Prowsecarried off on a stretcher in the first half with a knee injury.
We will host Norwich, bottom of the Premier League, in round five in a midweek match to be played on 3, 4 or 5 March. But before all that, we are back in the League and will face Aston Villa. COYS!