New Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood contributed a rousing half-time pep talk as they claimed a place in the FA Cup quarter finals at Leicester’s expense.
The world’s oldest knockout competition has proven something of a Shangri-la for the beleaguered Brummies this term.
Yet there will be those among the faithful who are wary of the demands of a cup run on inspiration and concentration over the remaining weeks of the season.
Staring down the barrel of a 13-game relegation battle, Villa can ill afford to take their eyes of the much-vaunted ‘prize’ of top-flight survival.
Relegation battlers have made their way to FA Cup finals in the past, yet their Wembley suits have often doubled as dress-code for a relegation wake weeks later.
Sherwood’s side are 50/1 to become the latest member of an as yet one-strong clique for whom winning the trophy has sugared the bitter pill of demotion.
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Landing the trophy in 2013/14 seemed to be the atmospheric change that finally forced Wigan to succumb to Premier League gravity after years of dogfights.
While the Latics remain the sole side ever to have landed FA Cup in a top-flight relegation year, a host of others have gone close.
Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Brighton, Leicester and Manchester City have all reached finals only to have their close-but-no-cigar disappointment further soured by subsequent banishment from the highest echelon.
Villa remain 6/4 fourth-favourites for Premier League relegation, behind 3/10 jollies Leicester, 9/25 Burnley and QPR at 83/100.
However, their new supremo must contend with a division-low goal difference of 22 (three adrift of the next-worst Clarets) and a side that have won just two of their last 22 games in the competition.