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Assaidi's FA Cup Dream

Oussama Assaidi

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08:00 5th January 2014

Winger hoping to progress in competition following 3rd round triumph...

OUSSAMA ASSAIDI admits that he would love nothing more than to step out at Wembley in the FA Cup Final after helping his side overcome Leicester City in round three on Saturday.

The Moroccan international maintained his impressive form with another superb showing, in which he teed up Kenwyne Jones’ opener during a dominant first half showing.

The on loan Liverpool winger acknowledged that he has dreamt of featuring in a showpiece final during his playing career, but insists it’s important not to get too carried away so early in the competition.

“Of course, every player would like to step out at Wembley and play in, and win an FA Cup Final,” he told stokecityfc.com following the 2-1 triumph.

“It is too early to talk about it though, because it is just one game, and before we can think of anything special like that we have to make sure we keep winning our games.

“We will see who we get in the draw on Sunday and then take it from there – but whoever it is then we know we have a chance, because we fear nobody.

“We have played the biggest teams in the country this season and performed really well, especially here at the Britannia Stadium.”

The 25-year-old will now have to wait at least two weeks until he is next eligible to feature in the side, with next weekend’s Premier League fixture being against his parent club Liverpool.

“Unfortunately, I can’t play next weekend, which is disappointing because it is a game that I would love to play in,” he added.

“I will be here at the game though and I will be cheering the lads on. For sure, I want Stoke to win the game and continue the good form we have at home.

“The supporters make it a very difficult place for opponents to come to, and I think we have done well here, particularly against the big sides.

“If we can replicate the levels we showed against Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton then we can beat Liverpool, I have no doubt about that.”

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