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By ESPN Staff

Davey keen to forget League matters

Barnsley manager Simon Davey has ordered his players to savour Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Cardiff and forget about the possibility of slipping deeper into the Coca-Cola Championship relegation mire.

The Tykes may have memorably ousted holders Chelsea and Liverpool from this year's competition to reach the last four, but they have been unable to replicate their cup heroics on a regular basis in the Championship.

In fact, Davey's side could find themselves unceremoniously dumped into the bottom three ahead of the club's biggest game in nearly a century.

'I'm going to enjoy it,' insisted Davey. 'We are going to forget the league.

'For the last four weeks I've been asked questions about the FA Cup when we had the league to concentrate on and now we're in the FA Cup, I'm being asked about the league.'

Portsmouth captain Sol Campbell has warned his team-mates of the danger posed by veteran West Brom striker Kevin Phillips - insisting he could cause an FA Cup semi-final upset at Wembley tomorrow lunchtime.

Campbell said: 'Plenty of players in our team have experience in this kind of situation. So it's all about getting a reaction now.

'We've got to make sure we're really on the ball, and also respect who we are playing against.

'We've got to be careful not to give Kevin Phillips too much space because he's a quality centre-forward, and when he gets a chance he's going to try to put it away.'

Defender Paul Robinson feels playing Portsmouth in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley will evoke memories of West Brom's `Great Escape' from Premier League relegation three years ago.

Albion became the first side to be bottom of the top flight at Christmas and avoid the drop by beating Pompey 2-0 at The Hawthorns on the final day of the 2004/05 campaign.

Robinson said: 'That was a big game. We had to beat Portsmouth and rely on other results to go our way, and fortunately they did.

'It seems we always seem to play Portsmouth on the big days but this is a totally different game, a whole bunch of new players and a totally different atmosphere.

'Winning on Saturday would be even better than that because we would be close to winning something rather than just surviving.'