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FA Cup final Hart-ache not in the mind of Joe

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Joe Hart could miss out on an FA Cup final appearance but is in no doubt where his allegiance lies if Birmingham meet Manchester City in the Wembley showpiece.

The goalkeeper, who is on a season-long loan at Birmingham from Eastlands, could miss the final after the sides were kept apart in Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final draw, and he accepts it will be Maik Taylor and not himself who will be between the posts should the Blues reach the final and meet his parent club.

The 22-year-old said: "Which team would I go down to the final with? Birmingham City, of course. That's the team I am with this year so I'd be 100% behind them."

He added: "How would you feel if you missed out on the final? All the lads have given banter about it but my personal feeling is 'I knew the script at the start of the season'.

"That's football. It was all agreed at the start of the season."

Birmingham travel to Portsmouth in the last eight while Manchester City will visit Chelsea if they win their replay against Stoke.

"People ask me if it is a nightmare scenario for Man City to still be in the cup but that's not the case at all," added Hart. "I wish them all the best but I want Birmingham to get there and, whatever happens, will happen.

"It is not like it will be a debatable topic.

"I knew that was the scenario at the start of the season.

"It would be great for Maik Taylor to come in if we do play Man City. I am sure it would be a great game and I'd be supporting from the side."

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