Coventry Deserved The 1987 FA Cup Final -Hughton

Last updated : 02 March 2012 By Covsupport News Service

Chris Hughton felt that Coventry City deserved to win the 1987 FA Cup Final.

Speaking to the Coventry Observer’s Steve Carpenter as part of an excellent series on one of the greatest days in City's history,, the former Spurs defender who is now manager of Birmingham City said: "Being favourites always puts more pressure on a team but it’s a one-off competition and I think that most people, and I spoke with a lot of people afterwards, felt once we got the early goal that would get rid of any nerves and any pressure.

"We had a very attacking team that season but we also had a team that could get back in numbers to defend because our 4-3-3 formation could turn into a 4-5-1 when we were defending.

"We had the likes of Steve Hodge on one flank, Chris Waddle on the other with his wonderful skills and we had a lot of energy in the middle of the park with Ossie Ardiles, Paul Allen and of course Glenn Hoddle.

"You always do your preparation before a match and we were up against a team that deserved to get there.

"Cyrille Regis was the obvious player we pinpointed could be a danger before the game, but we also identified Keith Houchen as a threat too and of course Houchen ended up scoring a that famous header.

"In the wide areas they had the ability to get crosses in and if you’ve got Regis and Houchen waiting up front you know that they’re going to be tough task.

"I think when the first goal went in most people expected Tottenham to go on and win the game, having scored so early, but we always knew we were in for a difficult game.

"And once Coventry got themselves back into the game it became what we expected, a full-blooded cup final.

"At the time it did feel like a surprise for Coventry to get to the final, but that’s the FA Cup and Coventry thoroughly deserved to go through and of course in the end they thoroughly deserved to win it."

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