THE DRAW for the FA Cup third round took place in Cardiff on Monday night. Jordan Eyre takes a look at who Quays’ local teams will face in the next round of the competition…
Salford City will head to Hartlepool United for an FA Cup replay buoyed by the incentive of hosting Derby County in the third round.
The Ammies have knocked out League Two side Notts County at Moor Lane already this season, and will be keen to inflict the same outcome on the Pools next week when they head to Victoria Park on December 15.
Good incentive for Salford City to go for win in replay v Hartlepool
— kelvin Meyler (@valleypieman01) December 7, 2015
If they do so, the prospect of another giant-killing in front of home supporters could well be on the cards as Paul Clement’s Rams come to town.
Headed by management duo Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley, Salford are the lowest ranked team left in the competition but have become the story of this season’s FA Cup so far. A win over a side six tiers above them in the football pyramid would only extend the fairytale even more.
Elsewhere, Manchester City will travel to East Anglia to take on Norwich City at Carrow Road in one of five all-Premier League ties. The Blues saw off the Canaries on the way to their 1981 cup success, winning 6-0 in the fourth round. Manuel Pellegrini would welcome a repeat of both scoreline and eventual cup triumph.
Back in Manchester, Louis van Gaal’s United will host Nigel Adkins’ Sheffield United. The Reds are 11-time winners of the famous competition, but last lifted the cup in 2004. They made the final two years later but lost out Arsenal on penalties, so supporters would relish a strong run in the cup to claim their first piece of major silverware in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 7, 2015
Sean Dyche’s Burnley will be making a trip to Teeside after being drawn against fellow Championship pacesetters Middlesbrough. Both are making great strides in the league and will be keen to enjoy a run in the cup to sustain momentum. It will also be the second time inside a month the Clarets will make the trip further North – they head to the Riverside for a league encounter on December 15.
Meanwhile, Blackburn Rovers face a lengthy journey across the border to League Two side Newport County at Rodney Parade. Paul Lambert has given the team fresh impetus since taking the reigns in November, but may not be fielding a full-strength side for the trip – Lambert has previously drawn criticism for openly dismissing the importance of the cup while at Aston Villa.
Burnley at home not the draw I was hoping for but I'll take it! Should still be a decent game
— Tom Gordon (@TomGordon97) December 7, 2015
Struggling Bolton Wanderers will take part in one of the third round’s more intriguing ties, as they head to Conference side Eastleigh. The Trotters have endured a torrid season so far, and so the Championship’s bottom side may welcome the distraction of a cup tie. The club will be keen to secure new investors by the new year, something which could trigger a turnaround in fortunes.
League One outfit Bury will face Bradford City at Gigg Lane, keen to make amends for their slender 2-1 defeat at Valley Parade in October. The Shakers have already knocked out fellow Greater Manchester sides Wigan Athletic and Rochdale, but will be wary of Phil Parkinson’s men, who had enjoyed a fruitful cup run last season – including a 4-2 win at Chelsea.
Full list of FA Cup third round ties (to be played January 8-11):
Watford v Newcastle United
West Brom v Bristol City
West Ham v Wolves
Salford City/Hartlepool v Derby County
Exeter City v Liverpool
Spurs v Leicester City
Colchester United v Charlton Athletic
Peterborough United v Preston
Northampton Town MK Dons
Arsenal v Sunderland
Newport v Blackburn Rovers
Ipswich v Portsmouth
Birmingham City v Bournemouth
Wycombe v Aston Villa
Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham
Oxford United v Swansea City
Brentford v Chesterfield/Walsall
Bury v Bradford City
Manchester United v Sheffield United
Everton v Dagenham and Redbridge/Whitehawk
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Eastleigh v Bolton Wanderers
Nottingham Forest v QPR
Carlisle United v Yeovil Town
Chelsea v Leyton Orient/Scunthorpe
Doncaster v Stoke City
Leeds v Rotherham United
Cardiff City v Grimsby/Shrewsbury
Huddersfield v Reading
Middlesbrough v Burnley
Norwich v Manchester City
Hull City v Brighton
By Jordan Eyre