Derby boss Jewell: FA Cup semis mean little in class gap

Derby County boss Paul Jewell says pundits shouldn't read too much into the make-up of the FA Cup semifinalists.

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Three of the four slots in this season's semi-finals may be taken up by sides in the second tier, but while Jewell welcomed the weekend's results, he insists the gap is widening between the top two divisions.

His Rams side are a case in point: They have suffered a torrid time on their return to the top flight after triumphing in last season's Championship play-offs, winning only once in the entire campaign.

"It's great for football to see the Championship teams in the FA Cup but I don't think it shows the gap between the Championship and the Premier League is narrowing, it's not. It's getting wider in my opinion," he added.

"Barnsley have knocked Chelsea and Liverpool out and it's good for football and it's great for the FA Cup as well."

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