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Jahanbakhsh eager to create more FA Cup memories

Alireza Jahanbakhsh wants to create more special FA Cup memories when the side host Sheffield Wednesday at the Amex in a third round tie on Saturday.

By James Hilsum • 03 January 2020

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Alireza Jahanbakhsh

The Iranian reflected on Albion’s impressive run to the semi-finals last season and how he became aware of how highly the competition is regarded in this country.

He said, “I have watched so many important FA Cup games in the past, including previous cup finals, and last year I found out how important it was to football fans here in England.

“We progressed so far in the competition and it was a great feeling to play at Wembley, in front of our fans.

“It was outstanding to be out there at such a great stadium. It was very important for the club, and hopefully we can perform well and go as far as we did last year this season.”

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Jahanbakhsh's Sheffield Wednesday press conference

Jahanbakhsh admits that Wednesday will be a bit of an unknown quantity to him when they head to the south coast, but he is wary that the Owls will want a point to prove against Premier League opposition.

“I have heard they have a very good team with some good individual players, so it’s going to be a difficult game.

“They are at the Amex playing against a Premier League club, so they have a lot of motivation to face us. That’s something which we need to be ready for.”

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Jahanbakhsh on wonder goal

The wide man also looked back at his spectacular overhead kick against Chelsea on New Year's Day, and he is delighted with how well the goal has been received by those close to him.

“I’ve received more clips of it from my friends and family, and there have been a lot of different reactions to it," he added. "I’ve heard a lot from people watching inside the stadium, and those watching at home too.

“Some couldn’t believe I had done it, and others said they didn’t expect me to do such a thing. Overall, it was good that so many people were happy for me.”

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