Alan Pardew’s dance inspired Liverpool in the 2006 FA Cup

It’s Chelsea against Liverpool in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday and one man who has been there, felt the atmosphere and got his hands on the cup is Paddy Power ambassador Peter Crouch.

And, ahead of what could be a thrilling spectacle on Saturday, the big man opened up on his memories of one of the best FA Cup finals of all time, Liverpool v West Ham Barnburner in 2006.

CROUCHY: I think we always thought we were in the game and I never really thought we were going to lose, even though we were down 2-0.

At half time we had a big rallying call, I remember Stevie (Gerrard) bringing us all together saying ‘we can’t lose this’ and then taking it upon himself to make sure we don’t we didn’t beat scoring two absolute beauties, the cleanest strikes you’ll ever see.

When I look at my medal now, I think of Stevie and that team conversation.

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In the lead, Alan Pardew danced through the quarters and semis, jigging with Anton Ferdinand and a few others like Nigel Reo-Coker.

Steve’s team speech at half-time was actually, “We can’t make them dance around the cup, it’ll make us sick.”

We won on penalties at the end and I would certainly have stepped forward to take one if I had still been on the pitch. It’s one of those things you just have to do.

Alan Pardew

I started in really big games and when you come out, to be honest with you, you’re like, ‘It’s pretty cool to watch him from the bench!

But there’s a part of you that knows that’s what you’re here for, big game moments in high-pressure situations. Especially as a striker you have to take responsibility.

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