Pompey: Paul Cook chasing glamour FA Cup tie

Paul Cook tussles with Fulham's Junichi Inamoto during the FA Cup in 2003
Paul Cook tussles with Fulham's Junichi Inamoto during the FA Cup in 2003
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett, right. Picture: Shaun Boggust

Pompey boss sees cause for attacking optimism

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Paul Cook has targeted a glamour tie for Pompey in the third round of the FA Cup.

The Blues boss underlined the target is promotion for his men this season.

We could go and enjoy a proper day out – and we wouldn’t park the bus!

Paul Cook

But he is keen to give supporters an occasion to enjoy in the competition.

Pompey progressed to the second round with victory over Macclesfield on Saturday.

They will find out their opponents tonight but Cook would love to get into the hat when the Premier League sides come into the competition in the third round.

And he promised he would take on any big guns on the front foot.

Cook said: ‘Our target this year is promotion.

‘The Cup is fantastic for me, and our supporters deserve an attractive tie.

‘Whether we get that or not remains to be seen.

‘For me, a big tie would be great.

‘We could go and enjoy a proper day out – and we wouldn’t park the bus!’

Cook has enjoyed success in the FA Cup as both a player and manager.

Progressing to the semi-finals as a player for Norwich in 1989 was his best achievement in the famous, old competition.

Cook said: ‘It’s a great competition.

‘Wigan early on we got to the quarter-final when I was a young boy. We played Leeds the year Coventry won the cup against Tottenham.

‘They knocked Leeds out in the semi-final.

‘When I was at Norwich we managed to get to the semi-final and were beaten by Everton on the day of Hillsborough. Unfortunately, we lost 2-0.

‘When I was at Burnley we got to the quarter-final. I would have been captain at Burnley at the time.

‘We got knocked out by Watford.

‘Last year at Chesterfield we had a fantastic game when we went to Derby in the fourth round.

‘It was a great game and it was enjoyable.’

– JORDAN CROSS