No more hard luck stories. Website reaction

Last updated : 20 January 2005 By Michael Morris
No time for sentiment now. In just over 48 hours we entertain Burnley and the rewards on offer at Ninian Park this Saturday are far more valuable. Points stave off relegation, not cup runs.

Don't get me wrong, I love the FA Cup, I so wanted us to progress but in the cold light of day that's over now and we move on.

Lessons still need to be learned. Again we gave away an early goal. After three clean sheets in a row we have now allowed the last threee teams we played (Blackburn, Leeds, Blackburn) to score in the 5th, 14th and 9th minutes respectively.

The quality of football we are playing has improved but we must start to win matches.

City were a goal down on 9 mins when David Thompson was left alone in the centre of the box. He shot low past Warner into the bottom corner. City came straight back with a left foot drive across Brad Freidel by Jobi McAnuff to make it 1 - 1. City were on top but fell to a sucker punch. A cross into the box from Thompson missed everyone and comically bounced over Tony Warner and into the goal.

2 mins into the second half and it was 3 - 1 and surely game over. A ball from the right was won at the far post by Pedersen who was good enough to finish despite the efforts of Rhys Weston.

City stepped up a gear, James Collins scored less than 10 mins later to make it a nervy last 35 mins for Blackburn.

Chances came, the best of them to Langley who hit over the bar from 6 yards and a shot from distance from Tony Vidmar that was only inches away.

Peter Thorne was subbed through injury (not sure what injury or how serious) to be replaced by Andy Campbell. There was no Cameron Jerome in the 16.

So the cup dream is over. No time to worry about it. League action starts this Saturday with Burnley who are still in the cup after beating Liverpool. Let's hope they are nursing their hangovers when they hit Ninian Park on Saturday afternoon.