It's FA Cup Time For Saints ! But it Doesn't Feel Like It !
Monday, 3rd Jan 2022 10:52
Usually the FA Cup brings a level of excitement to Saints supporters, but this year it is almost as if we aren't in the competition with the raft of Premier League postponements and the fact that although the other games played will have fans present, our game won't.
Since the draw at Crystal Palace on 15th December, Saints have played just two games, ironically both within the space of 3 days, meaning that by the time the team but not the fans travel to Swansea City, we will have played just twice in 24 days.
Of course a year ago we were watching games on TV with no fans back in the stadium, but we have all got used to being able to go to games again and the ban in Wales of fans attending games is just our luck to get a Welsh club.
So with only 5 days to go there is no excitement going into the game against Swansea, the buzz from the Spurs game has already subsided and it will have been 11 days since that fixture when we run out in South Wales.
This morning we should have all been talking about the Newcastle game the previous day, but all we are talking about regarding the Toon Army is how their club have possibly pulled the wool over the eyes of the Premier League , Everton & Southampton to avoid playing those games and losing, hoping that by the time they are rescheduled they will have spent multi millions on new players.
The sad thing about the situation is that the once respected Newcastle fans whom we all had sympathy for when they were owned by Mike Ashley, now seem to have forgotten their years of whinging and now are all over social media sneering at Saints & Everton fans for the accusations and seem happy to have accepted money from any source no matter how controversial, yes it is easy for the rest of us to sneer at them for suddenly losing all their morals when glory beckons, but until someone similar takes over at St Mary's we can stay on the moral high ground.
But I digress, the last week or so has seen us with nothing to get excited about since the Spurs game euphoria has died down and it is hard to find any excitement in the coming weekend.
But there is no reason not to get excited, last season we reached the semi finals of this competition and we have a good chance of another good run, if we are moaning about games being called off the Swans have more to moan at, they have not played a game since Saturday 11th December when they lost 4-1 at home to Nottingham Forest, their 3rd defeat in a row.
Since then it has been a run of postponements and if they can get this game played against us on Saturday they will be very rusty.
They will also be without the backing of their fans, something that may have made it more difficult for us with the Liberty Stadium being very compact it makes it an intimidating place to play at the best of times.
The hope is that on Saturday we can go and repeat our pre season win against the Swans and then hopefully we can all go to the 4th round tie when it is played in February.
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