Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has questioned the decision to hold the draw for the FA Cup fourth round before several third-round ties have been completed.
The 46-year-old Uruguayan guided his side past League One Carlisle with a 3-1 victory at the Stadium of Light, but knew before half-time that the victors would face either Kidderminster or Peterborough in the next round.
Poyet was not unduly concerned by the situation, but wondered what might have happened had the draw paired the winners with one of the Barclays Premier League’s giants.
He said: “I don’t know if it’s a good idea. It’s an opinion – I don’t want the FA to get mad with me because I’m not trying to go against anyone.
“I’m just saying if the draw was a top, top team from the Premier League at home, I am sure that Carlisle in the second half, maybe it would be a little bit different.
“If it’s a replay, well there is no option, the draw has to be done. But with games still to be played, I don’t know why they don’t wait.
“If you are 1-1 at half-time and you get Arsenal at home and you are Carlisle, what a second half they are going to give you, that’s for sure.
“If you are listening, please...it’s just my opinion.”
FA Cup fourth round draw
Sunderland v Kidderminster or Peterborough
Bolton v Cardiff
Southampton v Yeovil
Huddersfield v Charlton or Oxford
Port Vale or Plymouth v Brighton
Nottingham Forest v Ipswich or Preston
Southend v Hull
Rochdale v Macclesfield or Sheffield Wednesday
Arsenal v Coventry
Stevenage v Everton
Wigan or MK Dons v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v Stoke
Blackburn or Manchester City v Bristol City or Watford
Bournemouth or Burton v Liverpool
Birmingham, Bristol Rovers or Crawley v Swansea
Sheffield United v Norwich or Fulham
Ties to be played on the weekend of January 25 and 26.