James hails work ethic
David James believes that if Portsmouth win the FA Cup it will be down to hard work alone.
By Carla Hilton
Last Updated: 14/05/10 1:48pm
David James believes that if Portsmouth beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final it will be down to hard work alone.
The Pompey shot-stopper does not believe in fairytales but he does believe his side are capable of pulling off a major shock.
The 39-year-old will likely be between the posts for the cash-strapped club who will be hoping to end a miserable campaign at Wembley on a high.
It will be hard work for Portsmouth who this week learned that midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, who scored in the semi-final clash with Tottenham, will be missing through injury.
James, though, says it has been the same story throughout the season and that hard work has got them to the final, not luck.
"Playing Chelsea, who are in pretty good form at the moment, we are going to be definite underdogs," said the England goalkeeper.
"But we will do as we did at Spurs, preparing well to identify how we can nullify their strengths and take advantage of their weaknesses - Chelsea are not unbeaten and have not won every game 8-0.
"It is just a case of making sure we do things right."
He added: "I do not believe in fairytales - I like reality.
"It is no good walking out there and thinking something divine will take over - we are going to have to work hard like we did against Tottenham when we got through by virtue of a solid team performance."
Chelsea don't scare me
James insists he will go into Saturday's game with the same intent to win as he has all season.
He admits that Chelsea are a top side, which they showed in their emphatic 8-0 win over Wigan to clinch the title, but he says they are not unbeatable.
"Chelsea are a tremendous side, league champions, and in their high-scoring games, they have probably put in more than we have scored all season," he said.
"It sounds daunting, but at the same time, they are not unbeaten and there are flaws in their make-up."