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Analysing Portsmouth Cup credentials

FOLLOWING Saturday’s win over Wigan Athletic, Rangers' attention now switches to the Carabao Cup where Mark Warburton’s side are set to face Portsmouth.

The south-coast side will be relatively happy with the start they have made to the League One season, sitting six points off the play-offs positions and due to last weekend’s postponement of their fixture with Rotherham United they have played a game less than most.

This consequently means Pompey have had a week to prepare for Wednesday’s cup clash with Rangers in W12.

QPR edged through in the first round of the Carabao Cup, narrowly beating Bristol City 5-4 on penalties. Portsmouth kicked off this year’s tournament in front of the Sky cameras, comfortably beating Championship side Birmingham City.

Last Season’s cup campaign

In last season’s Carabao cup competition, Portsmouth’s progress ended in the first round at the hands of AFC Wimbledon. Anton Walkes' own goal cancelled out Christian Burgess’s first-half strike, seeing the Dons face Premier League side West Ham United in the next round.

Portsmouth enjoyed more success later on in the year. In last season’s FA Cup, they reached the fourth round. Their cup competition got underway in November when they faced Maidenhead United and they went on to beat Rochdale in the second round. They then faced a tie with Championship leaders Norwich round three, a game which they ran out 1-0 winners.

This set Kenny Jackett’s side up for a home tie with Steve McClaren’s QPR side. Following a 1-1 draw at Fratton Park, a fourth-round replay was set up with Rangers eventually progressing through to meet Premier League side Watford.  

Classic campaign

2007/2008

The 2007/08 campaign is one that will live long in the memories of Portsmouth fans, due to their heroics in the FA Cup.

Harry Redknapp’s side entered the competition in the third round with an away tie with Ipswich Town, a game they ran out 1-0 winners thanks to striker David Nugent’s 51st-minute effort. This set them up for a home tie with south west side Plymouth Argyle, which was settled by Niko Kranjčar’s effort.

Another Championship side awaited in the fifth round; a trip to Preston North End. A win at Deepdale set Portsmouth up for a daunting trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United. Sulley Muntari’s penalty ensured the scalp of the tournament for Pompey was achieved. Nwankwo Kanu’s effort against his former side ensured Redknapp’s team were able to overcome West Bromwich Albion in the semi-finals and this meant Pompey reached the FA Cup final for the first time since 1939.

Portsmouth met Championship side Cardiff City at Wembley in May and in what was a tight affair, Kanu’s first-half strike sealed victory for his side.

They went on to finish in 8th place in the Premier League and thanks to the famous FA Cup win, they also claimed a place in the Europa league.