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Portsmouth face Cardiff in the first FA Cup Final without a ‘big four’ club since 1991. Click here to read match preview and view the latest odds!

Rangers manager Walter Smith praised his side after they suffered a 2-0 final defeat to Zenit St Petersburg in Wednesday’s UEFA Cup final.

“Over the tournament, we’ve worked very hard to get to the final – there was not that much in it overall and we had a few chances ourselves,” he said.

“Zenit looked the more offensive team, but obviously at this stage I’m disappointed to have lost.

“We’ve had a terrific tournament. In the end, I can have no complaints.”

Smith placed Zenit at the same level as the sides his team had faced in the Champions League earlier this season.

“Barcelona are excellent, but after that Zenit are on a par with other sides we had – Lyon and Stuttgart. They are at that level.”

Smith, though, admitted that it was an opportunity missed.

“You don’t get the opportunity very often to get to European finals and, when you do, it’s very disappointing to lose,” he said.

Veteran defender David Weir challenged his team to bounce back and claim a Scottish Premier League victory at Motherwell on Saturday as they look to stay course to take a domestic treble.

“That’s what we’re focused on now,” he said. “We’ll find out what we’re all about on Saturday morning.

“We’ve come a long way and won a lot of games that maybe we shouldn’t have, but it’s just big disappointment,” he said.

“They are a very good side, so big credit to them.

“They beat Bayern Munich in the semis and Bayer Leverkusen, but we want to be up there picking up the trophy.”

Portsmouth face Cardiff in the first FA Cup Final without a ‘big four’ club since 1991. Click here to read match preview and view the latest odds!

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