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Monday, January 7, 2008
Everton's conquerors Oldham deflated by draw

Oldham boss John Sheridan admits he was disappointed to be drawn against Huddersfield and Latics legend Andy Ritchie in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Sheridan saw his side produce one of the shocks of the third round as they beat Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday.

But any hopes of being pitted against another Premier League giant were extinguished when they were handed a home tie against Coca-Cola League One rivals Huddersfield, who are now managed by Ritchie - a star of the club's run to the semi-finals in 1990.

The Terriers also saw off top-flight opposition in the shape of Birmingham, and Sheridan believes his former Leeds team-mate will be equally disappointed with the draw.

'I'm a good friend of Andy and I'm sure he'll be disappointed. It'll be a full house and a game we both think we can win,' he told Sky Sports News.

'I heard Andy on the radio this morning saying he didn't want to draw us. We wanted to avoid each other and go as far as possible.

'It's done now and it's a good game for us. It'll be a full house, a great atmosphere and a game I think we can win.

'We'll both be looking to get a result to get into the next round and hopefully get a big boy.

'We're still on a high (after the Everton game). It was a great result, a great effort and you can see the excitement around the club.'

Oldham chief executive Alan Hardy told BBC Radio Five Live: 'We are having a decent time - we are still on a high after the weekend result against Everton.

'It was a terrific goal by Gary McDonald. He will go down in history now at Oldham Athletic.

'It will be a good game. It is a Lancashire-Yorkshire derby, they are only 17 miles up the road. They will bring a lot of fans.

'Huddersfield are managed by one of our best ever players in Andy Ritchie. I know he will want to put one over us.

'There will be a lot of interest in the game and I am hopeful of a near-capacity crowd at Boundary Park.'

Non-leaguers Havant & Waterlooville could face a trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool.

The Blue Square South side are the lowest-ranked team left in the competition.

They held League One leaders Swansea 1-1 at the weekend and are at home to the Welsh side in a replay next week, while Rafael Benitez's side must overcome Luton to reach the last 32.

Havant boss Shaun Gale is refusing to get carried away, though, and insists he remains fully focused on getting past Swansea.

'It's fantastic. We've got a tough tie getting past Swansea, I'm sure they'll want to go there as well,' he told Sky Sports News.

'Everyone was jumping around, it's potentially something fantastic for the club, for me and for everyone connected.

'The boys have given me everything. We went there (to Swansea) with a gameplan. Going behind at the time we did, we could have folded, but they kept going and got their reward in the end.

'They (Swansea) wont enjoy coming here. It will be a full house and an intimidating atmosphere. We've got to make it awkward for them - they are a good side and we've got to stop them playing.

'It's been a fairytale. You see it every season and this year it's been us and it's great.'

Club secretary Trevor Brock added: 'It's absolutely unbelievable. What an incentive to get past Swansea. The capacity of our ground is 4,800 and it will sell out without any doubt whatsoever.

'We have been producing miracles all season to get to this stage. We'll do everything we can against Swansea and what an incentive we've got.'

Mansfield boss Billy Dearden knows his struggling side will have to be at their very best if they are to get past Premier League Middlesbrough.

The Stags have endured a torrid season and are sitting second from bottom in League Two, but they sealed their glamour tie with the Teessiders at Field Mill courtesy of an impressive win at Brighton over the weekend.

'It's a tremendous draw,' Dearden said. 'We've got a Premier League club at home and we're looking forward to it - anything can happen.

'They are a top-class team, we'll have to be at our best to get any kind of result.

'We're always confident at home. We had a good win at Brighton, but we're now looking forward to welcoming Gareth (Southgate) and his squad down here.




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