Higginbotham can’t wait for Wembley

Danny Higginbotham

Danny Higginbotham

Stoke City midfielder Danny Higginbotham celebrated his winner against West Ham at the Britannia Stadium this afternoon, and declared he couldn’t wait to play at Wembley.

Stoke booked their first FA Cup semi final appearance in 39 years and will face Bolton at Wembley after seeing off West Ham 2-1 in their quarter final today.

Higginbotham scored a controversial freekick in the second half, after West Ham had drawn level near the end of the first half with another controversial goal from Frederic Piquionne.

Huth had given Stoke the lead, and Stoke also saw Rob Green save a Etherington penalty less than a minute into the second half.

Higginbotham said, “It’s a great feeling to have got to Wembley, we’re delighted and we’re just going to enjoy today, with a tough semi-final against Bolton ahead.

“West Ham are a great team, they showed that last week against us (when they beat Stoke 3-0 in the Premier League) but we thoroughly deserved it – we got stuck in.

“We got the lead and the second time we got it we were able to stay ahead.

“We’ve got great belief within the squad. We’ve had a disappointing run of games recently but we know we’ve got the character in there to come out of it.

“It’s a great club and it’s come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years.”

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