St Andrews was half full yesterday for a game between Birmingham and hated rivals Wolves - and that says it all. Man Utd and Man City are scrapping for bragging rights today but both managers would happily trade a place in the FA Cup for 6 points against their gobby neighbours in the Prem.
What sort of team will Allardyce pick today and do any of us care that much about the result? An early exit might do us a favour, to be honest, providing morale is not dented too badly. I hope the kids feature and that we look scintillating obviously - but if the likes of Ilunga and Carew play, and we lose, so what?
It's a crying shame but the magic of the Cup has been reduced to an end of the pier show. How many of us bothered to watch the Final last year? I didn't even know it was being played!