Roeder after home draw in FA Cup

Norwich City go into the hat for tomorrow's FA Cup third round draw with manager Glenn Roeder asking for only one thing - a home game. And the lower the opposition are down the footballing ladder the better.

Norwich City go into the hat for tomorrow's FA Cup third round draw with manager Glenn Roeder asking for only one thing - a home game.

And the lower the opposition are down the footballing ladder the better.

While a game against his former club, Newcastle, would be a dream for Roeder and his assistant and former Magpies midfielder Lee Clark, the City boss was yesterday looking at the draw more pragmatically.

“I have always taken the view with both the cup competitions that I am happy to play anyone at home,” he said. “If it is a non-league team so much better.


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“I am never frightened about playing the underdogs - as long as we are at home. If we are at home to a League Two or non-league side good, because we are at Carrow Road.

“I much prefer to be the favourites than the underdog - any mug can be the underdog, because when you get beat you say 'we weren't expected to win.

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“I would much rather have the pressure of being expected to win. If you do you march on; if you don't you get a smack and then march on.”

The draw will be televised live on BBC1 at 3.15pm, with former Ipswich defender Kevin Beattie and ex-Arsenal full-back Sammy Nelson pulling the balls out of the bag.

City's number is 27, while others to look out for are Newcastle (26), West Ham (42), Ipswich (20), and then the big four Manchetser United (24), Chelsea (12), Arsenal (1) and Liverpool (22).

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