Chelsea set up an FA Cup final against Liverpool after putting Tottenham to the sword with a ruthless beating at Wembley, but they were helped on their way by a goal which should never have been given.
Kenny Dalglish last night said he accepted full responsibility for the £112m worth of signings that have led to Liverpool’s director of football, Damien Comolli, losing his job on the eve of their biggest game of the season – tomorrow’s FA Cup semi-final with Everton.
They were trying very hard at Everton to argue that they were not favourites for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final. The club’s assistant manager, Steve Round, pointed out that Liverpool’s history and tradition would count for plenty at Wembley, leading one journalist to remark that, if history and tradition were everything in the FA Cup, Old Etonians would be favourites most seasons.
Everton warmed up for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool with a thumping of Sunderland at Goodison Park that lifted them four points clear of the Reds.