Jubilant Jones ecstatic after Wembley triumph
Cardiff match-winner Joe Ledley believes the Bluebirds will face Premier League high-fliers Portsmouth with confidence when the two meet in next month's FA Cup final.
Ledley scored the only goal with a ninth-minute volley in their semi-final against Barnsley at Wembley to book a return trip on May 17 when they will face Pompey.'It is brilliant for Cardiff Football Club. It is a great season for us and we go into the final with confidence and we will try and win it,' said the Wales international. 'I think we deserved the game. We defended well and kept a good clean sheet.' On his goal he said: 'It was a difficult ball coming down and I just hit it and the luck was there and it went in.' Manager David Jones was delighted to reach the final, especially after what the club has had to endure this season with the threat of being wound up hanging over their heads for a long period. 'For what has gone on this year it is fantastic achievement for these players,' Jones said. 'I have had promotions and been in finals but I've never been in an FA Cup final and today was a great feeling for me. 'We have worked really hard to get into the final and it's great for the fans and everyone associated with the club. 'I won't get 1927 (the only time Cardiff won the trophy) rammed down my throat any more.'Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who was a losing FA Cup finalist in 2002 with Chelsea, was overjoyed to be returning to the showpiece event. 'I have been with Chelsea to a cup final but this is unbelievable,' he said. 'This is a little bit more special because we are a championship team and we are playing good football and getting to the FA Cup final. 'Portsmouth are a good team but hopefully on the day we can make it a good game.' The 36-year-old Dutchman acknowledges his best days are behind him but still feels he can contribute a great deal to the Bluebirds' cause. 'There is still a little bit of football in there,' he added. 'I got a little bit tired at the end but you have to keep on going.' Barnsley manager Simon Davey accepted his side came up short in the semi-final. 'We had 80 minutes to get back into the game but it was just not to be,' he said. 'We acquitted ourselves well and all the players deserve credit for what they have done. 'We just fell short right at the end. Hopefully now we are on the route back to getting back on the big stage. We have to make sure we stay in this division (the Championship).' Of Ledley's impressive volley Davey said: 'You have to hold your hands up and say it was a fantastic strike. It was a goal befitting any stage.'