Pardew hails Saints as they dream of glory

24 January 2010 12:54
Southampton boss Alan Pardew believes his side deserve to be in the FA Cup fifth round draw following their 2-1 win over Roy Keane's Ipswich. Keane lifted the famous trophy four times during a glittering playing career and was also a losing finalist twice. But goals from defender Wayne Thomas and substitute Michael Antonio ended his hopes of a maiden managerial victory in the competition. Even substitute Pablo Counago's last-gasp strike to reduce the deficit proved no more than consolation for the Championship strugglers. Pardew said: "It was a hotly-contested tie between two evenly matched teams and we had to dig deep. "Ipswich have got some good young players who get around the pitch very well and we struggled to cope with that in the first half. "Wayne's goal was a bit of a surprise to me but he played well and deserved his moment of glory. You won't see many better strikes than that in the whole competition and the second goal came at a very good time for us."

Source: PA