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Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 Preston North End 2: Leo Bonatini keeps Wolves top of the Championship

Having soared to the top the Championship last weekend for the first time since being promoted as champions under Mick McCarthy in 2009, this 3-2 victory - against a North End side that ended the game with ten-men following Alan Browne’s dismissal - maintained a fine run of form that has propelled ambitions, almost as high as the flags adorning the pitch prior to kick-off. Working under the maxim of continuous improvement, Nuno Espirito Santo’s team have now registered five victories from their last six outings. Yet while results remain the barometer on which he will be judged the manner of this result left Wanderers head coach far from impressed. “Three points is important” he said.   “What cannot leave us totally pleased is our performance which was not the best we’ve had. “Preston are a good side. They are organised and their game plan seemed to be about controlling our game. We had to find new solutions for that. In the second half we were much better, we went looking for goals. We achieved three goals at home but with twenty minutes left we must manage the final minutes of the game to not concede. Mistakes in different situations can cost you. “It’s good that we scored three goals against the team with the best defence but at the same time we conceded two which isn’t very good.” Nuno Espirito Santo was not entirely happy with Wolves' display Credit: GETTY IMAGES Indeed it was not and Preston’s work went beyond containment. The visitors not only looked accomplished in possession but also fashioned the first three opportunities of the game. After Ben Pearson had slashed at a drive in the 4th minute, Daniel Johnson twice almost exploited some errant play from the hosts. John Ruddy was equal to his first effort but Johnson should have given the Wolves goalkeeper no chance with his second attempt after being teed-up by Tom Barkhuizen. It was a reprieve that Wanderers gleefully accepted. Suddenly they began to cut through and when a favourable bounce initiated Matt Doherty’s marauding run, Preston were crucially outmanned. Ivan Cavaleiro swept the ball home. Leon Bonatini then converted his 6th and 7th goals of the campaign. A 59th minute penalty and fortuitous deflection four minutes later appeared to have confirmed three-points. However, Preston did not fold. A header from Jordan Hugill and an own goal from Conor Coady ensured a tense finale and the North End manager Alex Neill was left to lament key moments that had gone against his team. “I felt that leading up to their first goal we had the best opportunities,” Neill said. "I thought that the penalty was extremely harsh. I have seen it back and there was not much contact. You can see he (Josh Harrop) has touched the ball and the referee deems it a penalty. "If you look back at the third goal our goalkeeper is clearly impeded as he goes to kick the ball and the referee chooses to do nothing about it.”

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 Preston North End 2: Leo Bonatini keeps Wolves top of the Championship

Having soared to the top the Championship last weekend for the first time since being promoted as champions under Mick McCarthy in 2009, this 3-2 victory - against a North End side that ended the game with ten-men following Alan Browne’s dismissal - maintained a fine run of form that has propelled ambitions, almost as high as the flags adorning the pitch prior to kick-off. Working under the maxim of continuous improvement, Nuno Espirito Santo’s team have now registered five victories from their last six outings. Yet while results remain the barometer on which he will be judged the manner of this result left Wanderers head coach far from impressed. “Three points is important” he said.   “What cannot leave us totally pleased is our performance which was not the best we’ve had. “Preston are a good side. They are organised and their game plan seemed to be about controlling our game. We had to find new solutions for that. In the second half we were much better, we went looking for goals. We achieved three goals at home but with twenty minutes left we must manage the final minutes of the game to not concede. Mistakes in different situations can cost you. “It’s good that we scored three goals against the team with the best defence but at the same time we conceded two which isn’t very good.” Nuno Espirito Santo was not entirely happy with Wolves' display Credit: GETTY IMAGES Indeed it was not and Preston’s work went beyond containment. The visitors not only looked accomplished in possession but also fashioned the first three opportunities of the game. After Ben Pearson had slashed at a drive in the 4th minute, Daniel Johnson twice almost exploited some errant play from the hosts. John Ruddy was equal to his first effort but Johnson should have given the Wolves goalkeeper no chance with his second attempt after being teed-up by Tom Barkhuizen. It was a reprieve that Wanderers gleefully accepted. Suddenly they began to cut through and when a favourable bounce initiated Matt Doherty’s marauding run, Preston were crucially outmanned. Ivan Cavaleiro swept the ball home. Leon Bonatini then converted his 6th and 7th goals of the campaign. A 59th minute penalty and fortuitous deflection four minutes later appeared to have confirmed three-points. However, Preston did not fold. A header from Jordan Hugill and an own goal from Conor Coady ensured a tense finale and the North End manager Alex Neill was left to lament key moments that had gone against his team. “I felt that leading up to their first goal we had the best opportunities,” Neill said. "I thought that the penalty was extremely harsh. I have seen it back and there was not much contact. You can see he (Josh Harrop) has touched the ball and the referee deems it a penalty. "If you look back at the third goal our goalkeeper is clearly impeded as he goes to kick the ball and the referee chooses to do nothing about it.”

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 Preston North End 2: Leo Bonatini keeps Wolves top of the Championship

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 Preston North End 2: Leo Bonatini keeps Wolves top of the Championship

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Ivan Cavaleiro celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Paul Burrows

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Ivan Cavaleiro celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates Action Images/Paul Burrows

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Ivan Cavaleiro celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Preston's Daniel Johnson clashes with Wolverhampton Wanderers' Romain Saiss Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Referee Stephen Martin shows Preston's Alan Browne a red card Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

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Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

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Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Romain Saiss and Preston's Josh Earl in action Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo and Preston manager Alex Neil Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Preston manager Alex Neil protests to the referee Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Preston's Tom Barkhuizen watches his shot deflected in by Wolverhampton Wanderers' Danny Batth for Preston's second goal Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Leo Bonatini celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Leo Bonatini celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Leo Bonatini celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Leo Bonatini celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Leo Bonatini celebrates scoring their second goal with a penalty Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Leo Bonatini celebrates scoring their second goal with a penalty Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Leo Bonatini celebrates scoring their second goal with a penalty Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Roderick Miranda and Preston's Tom Barkhuizen in action Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Diogo Jota and Preston's Paul Huntington in action Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Diogo Jota and Preston's Paul Huntington in action Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Ivan Cavaleiro celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Ivan Cavaleiro celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Ivan Cavaleiro celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Diogo Jota and Preston's Alan Browne in action Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Romain Saiss and Preston's Daniel Johnson in action Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Preston manager Alex Neil Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 21, 2017 Preston manager Alex Neil Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

FA Cup first round draw: Hyde United (eighth tier) host MK Dons

  7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes.  7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City.  7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football.  7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw!   7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017   6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact.   Image     Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom   Edit Selected Crop... Caption:   Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist:       Edit...   Delete     “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable.  Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football.  The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4  Credit: AP  What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm.  When will the matches take place?  The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season  Credit: Getty Images  Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition.  Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to  National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969.  Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw.  FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN  67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED

FA Cup first round draw: Hyde United (eighth tier) host MK Dons

  7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes.  7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City.  7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football.  7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw!   7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017   6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact.   Image     Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom   Edit Selected Crop... Caption:   Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist:       Edit...   Delete     “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable.  Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football.  The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4  Credit: AP  What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm.  When will the matches take place?  The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season  Credit: Getty Images  Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition.  Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to  National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969.  Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw.  FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN  67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED

FA Cup first round draw: Hyde United (eighth tier) host MK Dons

  7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes.  7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City.  7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football.  7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw!   7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017   6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact.   Image     Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom   Edit Selected Crop... Caption:   Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist:       Edit...   Delete     “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable.  Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football.  The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4  Credit: AP  What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm.  When will the matches take place?  The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season  Credit: Getty Images  Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition.  Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to  National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969.  Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw.  FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN  67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED

Martin O'Neill happy to throw in Scott Hogan for Ireland debut against Moldova

Martin O’Neill will unleash a new generation of strikers against Moldova as he tries to reignite the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualification campaign. Ireland need to beat the group minnows on Friday night to set up a mouthwatering final game against Wales to determine which of them secures a play-off spot to compete for a place in Russia next year. O’Neill has been able to name Aston Villa forward Scott Hogan in an Ireland squad for the first time after he received his Irish passport last month, following his decision to play for the country where all four of his grandparents were born. There has also been a first call-up for Preston North End’s Sean Maguire, so prolific for Cork City in the League of Ireland before moving to England over the summer, as well as Millwall’s exciting prospect Aiden O’Brien. It means the Ireland squad has a fresher, less predictable feel and given the fact his team need to win both of their remaining games, O’Neill sounds like he is in the mood to take a gamble on some of the new faces. Martin O'Neill is yet to decide whether he would be willing to sign a new contract to stay on with the Ireland side after the end of the qualification campaign Credit: REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili “Sometimes you might be a bit concerned about throwing a young lad into a big, big game,” said O’Neill, who is yet to decide whether he will extend his contract with the Football Association of Ireland beyond this qualification campaign. “But, by the same token, some young lads come in and just accept the pressure. That is something you will get to know during the course of time. I don't mind risking it. “I wouldn't have a problem, if I thought over the next couple of days, that someone could eke out a goal for us. There's every possibility that could happen, I wouldn't have a problem. "It's nice and fresh to see some kids coming in, you can see the excitement and enthusiasm. Eventually, I suppose, you are hoping that over the course of time that these players become fully fledged international players as the older players drop away. It's exciting and you see young O'Brien and it is the same with young Maguire." O’Neill is particularly enthused by Hogan’s decision to play for Ireland, as he is the sort of in the box predator Ireland have lacked ever since Robbie Keane retired last year. “I think what I like is his ability in the box to forge a chance for himself and score,” added O’Neill "I think that he can improve greatly on his hold up play outside the penalty area and I have said that to him. “But he can certainly work the ball in the penalty area. He will have a shot and I definitely think that he is a goalscorer.”

Martin O'Neill happy to throw in Scott Hogan for Ireland debut against Moldova

Martin O’Neill will unleash a new generation of strikers against Moldova as he tries to reignite the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualification campaign. Ireland need to beat the group minnows on Friday night to set up a mouthwatering final game against Wales to determine which of them secures a play-off spot to compete for a place in Russia next year. O’Neill has been able to name Aston Villa forward Scott Hogan in an Ireland squad for the first time after he received his Irish passport last month, following his decision to play for the country where all four of his grandparents were born. There has also been a first call-up for Preston North End’s Sean Maguire, so prolific for Cork City in the League of Ireland before moving to England over the summer, as well as Millwall’s exciting prospect Aiden O’Brien. It means the Ireland squad has a fresher, less predictable feel and given the fact his team need to win both of their remaining games, O’Neill sounds like he is in the mood to take a gamble on some of the new faces. Martin O'Neill is yet to decide whether he would be willing to sign a new contract to stay on with the Ireland side after the end of the qualification campaign Credit: REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili “Sometimes you might be a bit concerned about throwing a young lad into a big, big game,” said O’Neill, who is yet to decide whether he will extend his contract with the Football Association of Ireland beyond this qualification campaign. “But, by the same token, some young lads come in and just accept the pressure. That is something you will get to know during the course of time. I don't mind risking it. “I wouldn't have a problem, if I thought over the next couple of days, that someone could eke out a goal for us. There's every possibility that could happen, I wouldn't have a problem. "It's nice and fresh to see some kids coming in, you can see the excitement and enthusiasm. Eventually, I suppose, you are hoping that over the course of time that these players become fully fledged international players as the older players drop away. It's exciting and you see young O'Brien and it is the same with young Maguire." O’Neill is particularly enthused by Hogan’s decision to play for Ireland, as he is the sort of in the box predator Ireland have lacked ever since Robbie Keane retired last year. “I think what I like is his ability in the box to forge a chance for himself and score,” added O’Neill "I think that he can improve greatly on his hold up play outside the penalty area and I have said that to him. “But he can certainly work the ball in the penalty area. He will have a shot and I definitely think that he is a goalscorer.”

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