Macc reaping replay rewards

  • Last Updated: January 14 2014, 16:48 GMT

A look ahead to the midweek action in the FA Cup, including Macclesfield Town's replay with Sheffield Wednesday.

Macclesfield Town's Jeremy Helan in FA Cup action
Macclesfield Town's Jeremy Helan in FA Cup action

Macclesfield manager John Askey hopes the Sheffield Wednesday fans turn up in their numbers to help his side's chances of financial survival.

Their FA Cup third-round replay trip to Hillsborough is a huge boost for the lowest ranked team left in the competition, who narrowly avoided liquidation last year and currently have one midfielder playing for free.

"It (the replay) will make a significant dent and hopefully we will take a good following and the Sheffield people will come out as well," said Askey, whose side more than held their own against the Owls in their 1-1 draw.

"It's a big achievement for us to get a result and who knows, we could go there and hopefully cause an upset. It will be nice just to go to such a historic ground."

Wednesday caretaker boss Stuart Gray knows progression will boost his chances of being appointed on a full-time basis but there is one club still in the hat who have replaced their manager since earning a replay.

Skrill Premier side Kidderminster sacked Steve Burr days after securing a 0-0 draw against Peterborough so new boss Andy Thorn will take charge at London Road as they look to book a trip to Sunderland.

Thorn told the club's official website: "I've not been able to settle down yet and it's been pretty hectic.

"The previous manager has done a fantastic job here and we are just pleased to be able to take over."

Elsewhere MK Dons do battle with Wigan again after a memorable 3-3 draw.

Port Vale, one point and one place above Karl Robinson's Dons, hope to knock out Plymouth at the second attempt. They conceded two late goals to draw 2-2 with the in-form Pilgrims who will hope to replicate their semi-final achievement of 2006/07 where they eventually bowed out to finalists Watford.

And the Hornets' bid for a repeat of that feat sees them host Bristol City while Ipswich travel to Preston looking to set up a clash with Nottingham Forest.


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Elsewhere on Tuesday night the only all-Premier League replay sees Fulham and Norwich do battle.

There are also three third-round ties taking place with League Two sides facing Championship opponents on the road.

Just six days after an away victory over Crawley in their second-round replay, Bristol Rovers travel to Birmingham looking for another cup upset.

"We've got a treat on Tuesday - I've got to call it that because that's all it is," boss John Ward explained. "It is a treat to go to Birmingham and I'm sure that will lift people."

The carrot of a televised home tie with Liverpool is the incentive on the south coast where Bournemouth host fourth tier Burton.

Manager Eddie Howe planned to make a few changes for the original meeting, only for the game to be called off 90 minutes before kick off due to a waterlogged pitch, but he looks certain to take their tie seriously with Brendan Rodgers' men waiting in the wings.

Championship rivals Charlton will hope their pitch is ready to host Oxford after a string of postponements at The Valley, including this original tie.


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