Danny thought he'd kept Town in cup

DANNY HAYNES today relived the moment he thought he had kept Ipswich Town in the FA Cup.The raiding wide man, who will be 20 on Saturday week, felt his 90th minute low drive was destined for the bottom corner of the Portsmouth goal.

Elvin King

DANNY HAYNES today relived the moment he thought he had kept Ipswich Town in the FA Cup.

The raiding wide man, who will be 20 on Saturday week, felt his 90th minute low drive was destined for the bottom corner of the Portsmouth goal.

Former England keeper David James made an outstanding save, diving full length to his right to deny ten-men Blues a third round replay at Fratton Park next Wednesday.


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“The keeper saw it late as the ball went through a number of bodies,” said Haynes, who was also thwarted by James when a goal-bound effort had been saved shortly after the interval.

“I was thinking 'it's in, it's in' and was ready to celebrate when the keeper made a top class save. It was something special.

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“And the keeper also saved his side when he pulled off another great stop from an Alan Lee header.”

Town more than matched an out-of- sorts Premier League Pompey, and Haynes felt they would have won with 11 men on the field.

“We went close to beating them with ten men, and I think we would have done that with 11,” he said.

And the player who left the ground clutching the shirt of one of his Premier League heroes - Kanu - thought referee Mark Halsey was wrong to send off Liam Trotter in the 25th minute.

“The tackle was a bit hard, but it was Liam's first of the game. At worst it looked like a yellow card.

“Referees have very difficult jobs to do and I don't like criticising them, but Mr Halsey did make a mistake.”

Haynes has now played against Premier League opposition three times having been included by previous

manager Joe Royle when Portsmouth won by a similar score two years ago.

He also featured against Watford in the fifth round last season.

“I am confident I have the ability to play at a higher level, and so have the rest of the lads,” added Haynes.

“Portsmouth looked more nervous than we were perhaps because they knew about our home record.

“Now we have to set about ensuring that we play against Premier League opposition every week. We can now focus on that for the rest of the season after taking massive positives from Saturday's game.”

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