FA Cup draw: Owls draw excites Silkmen boss

Glenn Loovens beats Forest's Andy Reid.
Glenn Loovens beats Forest's Andy Reid.
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Macclesfield Town manager John Askey is relishing the prospect of facing Sheffield Wednesday in the third round of the FA Cup.

The Skrill Premier outfit will take on the managerless Owls, who are 23rd in the Championship, in the competition next month. The Silkmen reached the fourth round of the tournament last season, defeating Cardiff City at the third round stage on their own turf.

Askey said: “I think it’s a good draw for us - the fact that we have been drawn at home against such a big club as Sheffield Wednesday. They are obviously not having the best of times at the moment and they won’t relish coming here.

“The FA Cup is massive to smaller clubs and the financial rewards are huge. It’s vital to us because we have hit rock bottom this season - the sort of season we are lucky to survive, so any money that we can get in is much needed.

“If we can manage to beat Sheffield Wednesday, that would be a big shot in the arm for survival.”

Arsenal, meanwhile, were handed a mouthwatering tie against north London rivals Tottenham. Arsenal’s most recent piece of silverware came in the 2005 FA Cup but if they are to repeat that success this season they will have to overcome Spurs at the first hurdle after the two sides were paired together in yesterday’s draw.

The pair are among the most successful clubs in the competition’s history, with Arsenal having lifted the trophy on 10 occasions while Spurs have won it eight times.

The only side to have won the FA Cup more times are Manchester United, who will also be involved in an all-Premier League tie in the third round after being paired at home to Swansea.

United might have been hoping for a more favourable cup draw following a hugely disappointing start to the defence of their league title which has seen them lose five times in 15 matches under new boss David Moyes, with their latest setback Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle at Old Trafford.

United have won the FA Cup 11 times, but the last time was back in 2004.

FA Cup holders Wigan start off against MK Dons while the side they beat in May’s final, Manchester City, face a short trip to Blackburn.

Liverpool, who moved up to second in the Premier League standings with their 4-1 win over West Ham on Saturday, could face Oldham in their third-round tie - the team that knocked them out last season.

Oldham beat the Reds 3-2 in the fourth round and they will get another crack at Brendan Rodgers’ men if they can overcome Mansfield in their second-round replay.

*FA Cup third round draw: Barnsley v Hartlepool/Coventry, Yeovil v Leyton Orient, Liverpool v Oldham/Mansfield, Nottm Forest v West Ham, Bristol City v Watford, Southend v Millwall, Middlesbrough v Hull, West Brom v Crystal Palace, Kidderminster v Peterborough, Doncaster v Stevenage, Stoke v Leicester, Southampton v Burnley, Newcastle v Cardiff, Rochdale v Leeds, Wigan v MK Dons, Charlton v Wrexham/Oxford, Man Utd v Swansea, Port Vale v Plymouth, Norwich v Fulham, Aston Villa v Sheff Utd, Macclesfield v Sheff Wed, Sunderland v Carlisle, Bolton v Blackpool, Blackburn v Man City, Everton v QPR, Brighton v Reading, Arsenal v Tottenham, Birmingham v Bristol Rovers/Crawley, Grimsby v Huddersfield, Ipswich v Preston, Derby v Chelsea, Bournemouth v Fleetwood/Burton.

*Matches to be played over the weekend of January 4-5.