Goal hero Owen sets sights on FA Cup final

OWEN Garvan sees no reason why Ipswich Town cannot go all the way to the FA Cup Final this season.

Carl Marston

by Carl Marston

OWEN Garvan sees no reason why Ipswich Town cannot go all the way to the FA Cup Final this season.

Garvan celebrated his first goal of the campaign with the winner in Saturday's 2-1 victory at Blackpool in round three.

Roy Keane's men will now have to visit another coastline in the fourth round. Their No. 20 ball came out of the hat second to be drawn away at League One club Southampton.

Midfielder Garvan would have preferred a fourth round draw against Liverpool, whom he supported as a young lad, but a trip to St Mary's at least gives Town chance of further progress.

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"I want to go all the way and win the FA Cup," insisted Garvan.

"That's my dream. I've seen lots of Championship clubs do well in the competition. Cardiff reached the final in 2008, and Millwall did it as well.

"You only have to win five games to get to the final, so, looking at it that way, it doesn't seem too hard, especially as we have only lost one of our last 13 games. I definitely want us to have a good cup run."

Garvan scored the decisive goal at Blackpool, stroking home a 77th minute free-kick after defender Rob Edwards had been sent off for a professional foul on Jon Walters.

That left the Seasiders with just nine men, because fellow centre-half Ian Evatt had been dismissed for a similar foul on Jack Colback earlier in the second period.

"I'm pleased that we're through. It was a tough game, but we always knew that it would be a fight," explained Garvan "In the end we ground out the win, and the sendings-off really helped us.

"They over-compensated with their defensive wall for my free-kick, and I was able to get it around and inside the post.

"That's my first goal of the season, though I want to score a lot more. That's my aim."

Garvan was introduced as a 53rd minute substitute, just two minutes after Brett Ormerod had headed home an equaliser. Colback had handed Town an early lead after just three minutes.

"Every player wants to start, and I've been on the bench for the last two games," continued Garvan.

"My job has been to come on and have an influence on the game, which I felt I did today.

"Now I hopefully want to cement my place in the team. I'm looking forward to a good 2010, because 2009 wasn't that great," concluded Garvan.

Meanwhile, Derby County striker Rob Hulse has been linked with a possible move to Portman Road. Keane had already revealed that he is chasing a Premier League player, and 30-year-old Hulse could well be a Town target.


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