Cup draw relief for Steele
Barnsley keeper Luke Steele was relieved to avoid an FA Cup semi-final meeting with West Brom.
Last Updated: 10/03/08 2:49pm
Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele was relieved to avoid an FA Cup semi-final meeting with West Bromwich Albion.
Steele is currently on loan at Oakwell from West Brom, but would have been unable to play if the two sides had been paired in the last four of the cup.
With the Tykes having been drawn against Cardiff City in the semi-finals, Steele is now relishing a trip to Wembley in early April.
"I was a little bit nervous before the draw to be honest," Steele told Sky Sports News.
"The draw has worked out perfectly for me and I'm really looking forward to it now."
But Steele, who produced an heroic performance against Liverpool in the fifth round on his Barnsley debut, did fear West Brom would be the semi-final opponents.
He added: "Knowing my luck, prior to coming here, it was going to work out against me and we were going to draw West Brom.
"It wasn't to be, so I'm happy. I didn't mind if we got Portsmouth or Cardiff, so I'm delighted."
The shot-stopper has made six appearances for Barnsley to date and is hoping to extend his loan deal until the end of the season.
"I think it was just a month initially," he continued.
"Hopefully I'm going to sign in the next few days to the end of the season. That's the plan, so I will be eligible to play in whatever comes up."