SEMI-FINAL DRAW JACKPOT
(Sunday 11th March 2001)
The mighty Wanderers from Wycombe have been drawn against the mighty Liverpool from Merseyside in the semi-final of the FA Cup. The dream tie will be played on Sunday 8th April at a venue to be decided in the in the next 48 hours, although it's highly likely to be Villa Park.
The other semi-final will be between Spurs and Arsenal, with Stamford Bridge being touted as the possible venue.
The draw was made by ex-Liverpool 'keeper David James and speaking on BBC Radio Five Live immediately after the draw, Wanderers midfielder Steve Brown said "It's the most glamorous tie we could have got out of the draw. We've wanted a glamorous tie since the Third Round...David James has done us a massive favour".
'Brownie' was sent-off for over celebrating the winning goal in the tie with Leicester at Filbert Street but his one match suspension for a second bookable offence will be served before the fairy-tale tie with the Merseyside giants.
"I'm delighted for The Gaffer. It's a massive stamp so early in your managerial career to actually get to the semi-final and for a player to get the semi-final in your career with a Division Two side is a great thing to have on your football CV."
Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier is now faced with the prospect of overcoming a Wycombe side that will think they can take on the world after their cup exploits to date. Speaking on ITV Sport he said "Wycombe have just beaten Leicester and the players have got that in their mind. That will probably put them on their toes and make sure we that we approach the game in a very professional way. We won't take them lightly, this is not the way we deal at Liverpool"
Jason Cousins was present when the draw was made and commented on ITV Sport "It's obviously going to be a massive uphill task to get any sort of result for us but we're going to go there and enjoy it, have a good day out and give it our best shot"
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