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Wales star Aaron Ramsey hoping for FA Cup Final repeat

Wales star Aaron Ramsey is hoping history will repeat itself, when his club Arsenal face Aston Villa in the FA Cup final this afternoon.

The 24-year-old midfielder scored the winning goal in extra time at Wembley last season, in a dramatic 3-2 victory over Hull City.

Ramsey was the hero as Arsenal came from two goals down to beat Hull last year. Credit: PA

"To win in extra-time was amazing", Ramsey said. "To score a winner in the FA Cup final, it's everybody's dream and I managed to live it."

To finally win something after all those years and the pressure that has been put on this club was such a nice feeling of relief to finally win something.It's so important to have that hunger and determination to go out and prove that you're worthy winners.

It's not going to be an easy game, we're going to have to be aware of that, but all the lads are even more hungry to win something this time around. We want that feeling that we had last year and we want to go on and win more things.

– Aaron Ramsey

The Welsh midfielder has also been linked this week with a £50m transfer to Spanish giants, and Champions League finalists, Barcelona.

He said: "that's just something that's been written in the papers. I'm focused on Arsenal and winning the FA Cup. That sort of news doesn't affect me or even enter my mind."

FA Cup: Welsh clubs draw Championship sides

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Swansea City have been drawn away to Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City at home to Reading in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The fixtures will take place on the weekend of 24 January.

Swansea secured their place in the fourth round after a 6-2 win at Tranmere at the weekend and Blackburn beat Charlton.

Cardiff became the first side to reach the round afterthey won 3-1 against Colchester whilst Reading won away at Huddersfield.


Bony scores twice as Swansea come from behind to win

Bony scored two goals to give Swansea a 4th round FA Cup win Credit: PA

Wilfried Bony scored twice in the space of two minutes at St Andrews, as Swansea City came from behind to clinch an FA Cup fourth round win against Birmingham.

The home side went ahead in the 15th minute, courtesy of a goal from Lee Novak.

But two second half goals from Swansea's record signing gave the visitors a 2-1 win against the Championship side, who memorably knocked them them out of the Capital One Cup earlier in the season.

There will be full match highlights on ITV at 10.45pm this evening.

Campbell scores winner for Cardiff City in FA Cup

Fraizer Campell came off the bench to score the winner at Bolton Credit: PA

Fraizer Campell came off the bench to score the winner for Cardiff City against Bolton and send the Bluebirds through to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The result will be a welcome boost for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, who are currently bottom of the Premier League.

There will be highlights of Cardiff City's 1-0 win at Bolton on ITV at 10.45pm.


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Laudrup: Birmingham will be 'competitive' opponents

Swansea players celebrate their third round win against Man Utd Credit: PA

Swansea City have made the trip to the Midlands for a fourth round FA Cup tie that sees them take on Birmingham City, who knocked them out of the Capital One Cup earlier this season.

The Blues beat the Capital One Cup holders in the third round of this year's tournament, when goals from Dan Burn, Matt Green and Tom Adeyemi earned them a 3-1 win. And manager Michael Laudrup says his side can expect "competitive" opposition once again.

Pablo Hernandez and Jonathan de Guzman are set to return from injury for Swansea at St Andrew's.

Winger Hernandez has been sidelined for over three weeks with a hamstring injury, while De Guzman has been hindered by a calf problem, but both are in contention to face the Blues.

But Nathan Dyer, Michel Vorm, Michu, Jose Canas and Garry Monk all remain out of action for Swansea, who knocked out Manchester United in the last round earlier this month.

Given their league situation, Swansea could be forgiven for viewing their Birmingham Cup tie as a distraction.

But Laudrup said: "In every game, I will try to have a competitive team whether I make two, five or seven changes.

"In most of the games in my time here no-one has been able to say we could not do enough against the opponent and the team tomorrow will also be competitive and hopefully move on in the competition.

"If you win, it always gives us something to take on to the next game. I hope that will be the case as we all know Tuesday against Fulham is a key game in the league."

You can watch full highlights of the match on ITV at 10.45pm this evening.

Solskjaer: Bolton tie 'an important game' for Cardiff

Craig Noone celebrates with Fraizer Campbell at Newcastle Credit: PA

Cardiff City face Championship side Bolton in the fourth round of the FA Cup later, in what manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described as "an important game for the club."

The Bluebirds memorably came from behind in their third round match away at Newcastle, but in the Premier League they are bottom of the table.

Speaking at yesterday's press conference, Solskjaer said: "Tomorrow is going to be an important game for the club.

"It is vital to build momentum and confidence. I hear many people say it is a distraction but for me it is another chance to get to know the lads and for them to implement what we are trying to do.

"The FA Cup was the biggest one-game occasion in football. I watched probably all of them. This is one final we really want to get to and this game is massive for us.

"But we need fresh legs and energy, especially mental energy, we need to rotate as we have another game on Tuesday and then Saturday."

And the Norwegian has urged his players to believe they belong at the elite level.

"Sometimes they need to get told they are better players than they think they are," he said.

"You cannot outperform your ego. So, they have got to start believing that they belong in the Premier League and that they should be playing against the Manchester Citys and the Manchester Uniteds.

"We are here because of the last four years and we are not here because it has just happened overnight.

"So I did put one or two points across at Man City and they responded really well.

"Players don't frustrate me, you just want to encourage them because you know they are so talented. Now, it's just to release the shackles."

You can watch full match highlights of Bolton vs. Cardiff City on ITV at 10.45pm

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