FA Cup: Hartlepool United v Derby County in third round – if Pools can beat Salford City

Carl Magnay has a header in Pools' 1-1 draw at Salford City
Carl Magnay has a header in Pools' 1-1 draw at Salford City

Hartlepool United were tonight paired with Derby County in the FA Cup – if they can beat Salford City in their second round replay

Pools will face the Rams in the third round on the weekend of January 8-11.

Ronnie Moore’s side led 1-0 at Salford on Friday night after Rhys Oates put away his eighth-minute penalty, only for Steve O’Halloran to sweep in an equaliser.

Derby are currently flying in the Sky Bet Championship afteran uncertain start to the season.

Former Real Madrid coach Paul Clement has taken the Rams to third place in the table, just two points off an automatic promotion place.

Pools claimed Derby’s scalp three decades ago in one of the club’s great FA Cup days at the Vic.

The once-mighty Derby had found themselves in the Third Division and visited Fourth Division Pools in the second round in 1984-85.

It seemed to be going to form in the first half as the Rams went in front.

However, Mark Taylor, now part of Sam Allardyce’s backroom staff at Sunderland, fired home a superb equaliser from the edge of the box before Kevin Dixon displayed nifty footwork in a muddy box to score the winner for Billy Horner’s team

Sunderland were paired with Arsenal – just 48 hours after losing to the Gunners in the Premier League.

Sam Allardyce’s side will meet the holders in a tie which is likely to be one of the TV fixtures that weekend.

Sunderland will relish the contest after performing so well at the Emirates on Saturday.

Mesut Ozil set up Joel Campbell to put Arsenal ahead before Olivier Giroud’s OG put Sunderland level.

Giroud made amends with a header to regain the lead but the Black Cats had their chances before Aaron Ramsey scrambled a late third for the hosts.

Elsewhere, arch-rivals Newcastle United were also given an all-Premier League tie, at Watford.

Middlesbrough have a home tie against fellow Championship promotion hopefuls Burnley.