FA CUP DRAW: Tricky ties for Premier League duo

PREMIER Division strugglers Newcastle United and Sunderland have been handed tricky away days to npower Championship sides in the FA Cup.

The third round draw gave Newcastle a trip to Brighton while Sunderland, fourth bottom in the Barclays Premier League after losing 2-1 yesterday at Norwich, must visit Bolton Wanderers.

For the Magpies, the Amex Stadium holds some painful memories after losing 1-0 back in January in the fourth-round tie.

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill, desperate for a win in any competition, hinted that only the top flight was currently on his mind.

“The Bolton game is still a long way off, but when it comes around, I’ll be very much looking forward to it,” he said.

There was better news though for Middlesbrough, who will be at home to non-league opposition.

Boro, who visit Swansea next week in the Capital One Cup, will face the winners of Harrogate v Hastings.

The sides drew 1-1 at Wetherby Road on Saturday and will replay in Sussex next week.

There were four all-Premier League ties: Swansea v Arsenal, Southampton v Chelsea, QPR v West Brom and West Ham v Manchester United.

FA Cup third round draw

Crystal Palace v Stoke

Brighton v NEWCASTLE

Tottenham v Coventry City

Wigan v Bournemouth

Fulham v Blackpool

Aston Villa v Ipswich

Charlton v Huddersfield

Barrow or Macclesfield v Cardiff

Barnsley v Burnley

Manchester City v Watford

Swansea v Arsenal

Leicester v Burton

Millwall v Preston

Cheltenham or Hereford v Everton

Derby v Tranmere

Crawley v Reading

Aldershot v Rotherham or Notts Co

BORO v Harrogate or Hastings

Acc Stanley or Oxford v Sheffield Utd

Southampton v Chelsea

QPR v West Brom

Peterborough v Norwich

Lincoln or Mansfield v Liverpool


Nottingham Forest v Oldham

West Ham v Manchester United

Hull v Leyton Orient

Blackburn v Bristol City

Leeds v Birmingham

Bury or Southend v Bradford or Brentford

Luton v Wolves

Sheffield Wednesday v MK Dons