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Thursday 21 September 2017

Wilson fired up for final

IRELAND youngster Marc Wilson says that his Portsmouth side will enjoy their tag of underdogs for tomorrow's FA Cup final against the double-chasing Chelsea - because Pompey plan to repeat their Wembley semi-final heroics against Tottenham.

Portsmouth are rated as 14/1 no-hopers to defeat Chelsea in the final and deny Carlo Ancelotti's side a double, Pompey's plans for the final hit by injuries to key players like potential Ireland recruit Jamie O'Hara.

But Antrim-born defender Wilson, who will make his Republic of Ireland debut in the RDS later this month, says that while he's aware of how powerful the Chelsea squad is, he also remembers that Pompey shocked red-hot favouites Spurs in the last round.

"We sat down with the manager to talk about Chelsea, as he knew we'd have all seen Chelsea's 8-0 win on TV. He just said it's a game of football, two teams on the pitch and nothing more. He told us we are the underdogs but we can still play a bit too," Wilson told the Herald as he prepared for the final.

"We have to go out and give it our all. We are massive underdogs but that was the case against Tottenham in the semi-final. If we give it our all it just might be good enough," added Wilson.

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