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Paul Lambert insists he can keep Stoke City up - even if he was '50th choice' for the job

Paul Lambert has launched a fierce defence of his managerial achievements and insisted he can maintain his record of never being relegated from the Premier League. Lambert was in combative mood after being unveiled as Stoke City’s new manager, claiming he did not care if he was “50th choice” following his surprise appointment. Stoke conducted a lengthy process to find a replacement for Mark Hughes, experiencing frustration in their pursuits of Gary Rowett, Quique Sanchez Flores and Martin O’Neill, with Lambert’s arrival receiving a lukewarm response. He has not managed in the top-flight since February 2015, while his last two jobs in English football were brief tenures at Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers. But the 48-year-old believes his record deserves greater respect, particularly at Villa where he was never relegated, and Norwich where he achieved back-to-back promotions. “I think it’s people’s perceptions that maybe I didn’t do a good job at Aston Villa. But I think Villa were only ever once in the bottom three and that was towards the end,” he said. “The achievements at Villa were right up there with Norwich, because of the size of the club and the fact it was up for sale. They would probably ask for that now, to be in that Premier League. “I see this as a great opportunity and whether I was 50th or first choice, it never really mattered to me. I’m 100 per cent sure that we have enough to stay up. “I have never been spoon-fed through my whole career, I have always done it the hard way as a player and a manager. “I went to Borussia Dortmund with a bag and some clothes on trial. A year later I was winning the European Cup, so it’s not bad.” Lambert has admitted he feared his days of managing in the Premier League were over, however, after his last two spells in the Championship. He was interviewed by Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday last month and was considering managing abroad before taking an unexpected call from Stoke’s board over the weekend. He has agreed a two-and-a-half year contract and will earn a £1m bonus if he succeeds in his survival mission. Paul Lambert will earn a £1 million bonus if he keeps Stoke up Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I still didn’t think I’d get back at this level. I just thought that to get into the Premier League you’ve got to either get a team up or, the way the game’s going now, there’s a lot of different nationality coaches coming in,” he said. “I thought I might not get another chance so to be given it at a great club like this is fantastic. I can’t wait. I’m not new to this – it’s not something that fazes me.” Lambert has held detailed talks with Stoke’s chief executive Tony Scholes over squad reinforcements, with a left-back and an energetic midfielder understood to be priorities in the January window. The futures of players out on loan, including record signing Giannelli Imbula and Bojan, were also discussed and will be further reviewed this week. January 2018 transfer window But Lambert’s first priority is guiding Stoke out of the relegation zone and improving a defensive record that has resulted in the club conceding 50 goals in the league. “We’re seven points off ninth place and a couple of wins and it looks so much rosier,” he said. “That’s the beauty of it and that’s what we have to aim for, winning as many games as we can to get us out of this trouble. We can’t keep conceding the amount of goals we’re conceding, that puts too much pressure on everybody. We have to be more resolute in what we’re doing, stronger and more aggressive with it, and if we do that I think we’ll be fine. We’ve got 15 cup finals left and the squad is a lot better than it’s showing.” Lambert takes charge of his first game on Saturday, at home to Huddersfield Town.

Paul Lambert insists he can keep Stoke City up - even if he was '50th choice' for the job

Paul Lambert has launched a fierce defence of his managerial achievements and insisted he can maintain his record of never being relegated from the Premier League. Lambert was in combative mood after being unveiled as Stoke City’s new manager, claiming he did not care if he was “50th choice” following his surprise appointment. Stoke conducted a lengthy process to find a replacement for Mark Hughes, experiencing frustration in their pursuits of Gary Rowett, Quique Sanchez Flores and Martin O’Neill, with Lambert’s arrival receiving a lukewarm response. He has not managed in the top-flight since February 2015, while his last two jobs in English football were brief tenures at Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers. But the 48-year-old believes his record deserves greater respect, particularly at Villa where he was never relegated, and Norwich where he achieved back-to-back promotions. “I think it’s people’s perceptions that maybe I didn’t do a good job at Aston Villa. But I think Villa were only ever once in the bottom three and that was towards the end,” he said. “The achievements at Villa were right up there with Norwich, because of the size of the club and the fact it was up for sale. They would probably ask for that now, to be in that Premier League. “I see this as a great opportunity and whether I was 50th or first choice, it never really mattered to me. I’m 100 per cent sure that we have enough to stay up. “I have never been spoon-fed through my whole career, I have always done it the hard way as a player and a manager. “I went to Borussia Dortmund with a bag and some clothes on trial. A year later I was winning the European Cup, so it’s not bad.” Lambert has admitted he feared his days of managing in the Premier League were over, however, after his last two spells in the Championship. He was interviewed by Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday last month and was considering managing abroad before taking an unexpected call from Stoke’s board over the weekend. He has agreed a two-and-a-half year contract and will earn a £1m bonus if he succeeds in his survival mission. Paul Lambert will earn a £1 million bonus if he keeps Stoke up Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I still didn’t think I’d get back at this level. I just thought that to get into the Premier League you’ve got to either get a team up or, the way the game’s going now, there’s a lot of different nationality coaches coming in,” he said. “I thought I might not get another chance so to be given it at a great club like this is fantastic. I can’t wait. I’m not new to this – it’s not something that fazes me.” Lambert has held detailed talks with Stoke’s chief executive Tony Scholes over squad reinforcements, with a left-back and an energetic midfielder understood to be priorities in the January window. The futures of players out on loan, including record signing Giannelli Imbula and Bojan, were also discussed and will be further reviewed this week. January 2018 transfer window But Lambert’s first priority is guiding Stoke out of the relegation zone and improving a defensive record that has resulted in the club conceding 50 goals in the league. “We’re seven points off ninth place and a couple of wins and it looks so much rosier,” he said. “That’s the beauty of it and that’s what we have to aim for, winning as many games as we can to get us out of this trouble. We can’t keep conceding the amount of goals we’re conceding, that puts too much pressure on everybody. We have to be more resolute in what we’re doing, stronger and more aggressive with it, and if we do that I think we’ll be fine. We’ve got 15 cup finals left and the squad is a lot better than it’s showing.” Lambert takes charge of his first game on Saturday, at home to Huddersfield Town.

FA Cup Roundup: West Ham Rely on Extra Time to Progress While Leicester, Cardiff & Reading All Win

Win What started off as a dull round of games turned into a rather entertaining night of football. VAR's first ever goal was awarded to Leicester, while fellow Premier League side West Ham were made to wait until extra time before managing to overcome Shrewsbury. Elsewhere, Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff and Reading all made their way into round four with comfortable victories over their respective opponents.​ Top flight outfit Leicester made their way into round four with an elementary 2-0...

FA Cup Roundup: West Ham Rely on Extra Time to Progress While Leicester, Cardiff & Reading All Win

Win What started off as a dull round of games turned into a rather entertaining night of football. VAR's first ever goal was awarded to Leicester, while fellow Premier League side West Ham were made to wait until extra time before managing to overcome Shrewsbury. Elsewhere, Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff and Reading all made their way into round four with comfortable victories over their respective opponents.​ Top flight outfit Leicester made their way into round four with an elementary 2-0...

FA Cup Roundup: West Ham Rely on Extra Time to Progress While Leicester, Cardiff & Reading All Win

Win What started off as a dull round of games turned into a rather entertaining night of football. VAR's first ever goal was awarded to Leicester, while fellow Premier League side West Ham were made to wait until extra time before managing to overcome Shrewsbury. Elsewhere, Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff and Reading all made their way into round four with comfortable victories over their respective opponents.​ Top flight outfit Leicester made their way into round four with an elementary 2-0...

FA Cup Roundup: West Ham Rely on Extra Time to Progress While Leicester, Cardiff & Reading All Win

Win What started off as a dull round of games turned into a rather entertaining night of football. VAR's first ever goal was awarded to Leicester, while fellow Premier League side West Ham were made to wait until extra time before managing to overcome Shrewsbury. Elsewhere, Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff and Reading all made their way into round four with comfortable victories over their respective opponents.​ Top flight outfit Leicester made their way into round four with an elementary 2-0...

FA Cup Roundup: West Ham Rely on Extra Time to Progress While Leicester, Cardiff & Reading All Win

Win What started off as a dull round of games turned into a rather entertaining night of football. VAR's first ever goal was awarded to Leicester, while fellow Premier League side West Ham were made to wait until extra time before managing to overcome Shrewsbury. Elsewhere, Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff and Reading all made their way into round four with comfortable victories over their respective opponents.​ Top flight outfit Leicester made their way into round four with an elementary 2-0...

FA Cup: Kelechi Iheanacho makes VAR history to down Fleetwood as Cardiff, Sheffield Wednesday and Reading win

FA Cup: Kelechi Iheanacho makes VAR history to down Fleetwood as Cardiff, Sheffield Wednesday and Reading win

Paul Lambert will earn £1 million bonus if Stoke avoid relegation

Paul Lambert is in line for a £1m survival bonus if he guides Stoke City to Premier League safety, after making his return to management in the Potteries.  Lambert is back in the technical area following a seven-month exile after accepting the job with the Staffordshire strugglers, in a move which has left many Stoke supporters underwhelmed by the appointment.   The 48-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half year contract and will be assured of a significant bonus if he can maintain the club's place in the top-flight, with his first game against Huddersfield this weekend. Lambert's arrival ends a nine-day search for Mark Hughes's successor, with moves for Gary Rowett, Quique Sanchez Flores and Martin O'Neill all ending in frustration. Rowett was a leading contender but opted to sign a new deal at Derby while Flores, the Espanyol manager, performed a surprise u-turn despite the Stoke board flying out to meet him in Barcelona. O'Neill, the Republic of Ireland manager, was also interviewed twice by chairman Peter Coates and his son John, the vice-chairman, plus chief executive Tony Scholes, but neither party was ever truly convinced. It left Stoke's with no alternative but to consider other candidates but Lambert is understood to have impressed so much in his interview that he quickly emerged as the No. 1 choice.  During talks he outlined his ambitions for the season and Stoke's strengths and weaknesses, with his appointment confirmed on Monday morning. He will be assured of funds for the January transfer window. Peter Coates said: “Paul greatly impressed us with his knowledge of our squad and had a clear plan of how he would improve our results. He’s a man who backed himself as a player, none more so than when he turned down contract offers in Scotland to go on trial in the German Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, and it’s obvious he adopts the same approach as a manager.” There is an acceptance within the Stoke boardroom that the appointment will not be wholly popular, but Lambert has proven Premier League experience and, crucially, was never relegated during a turbulent spell at Aston Villa. His reputation was arguably at its highest nearly seven years ago, when he achieved back-to-back promotions at Norwich City. He departed for Villa in 2012 and endured a difficult two-and-a-half years under former chairman Randy Lerner, operating on a restricted budget. Yet he never suffered relegation in that time before his dismissal in February 2015. Since leaving Villa he has managed Blackburn Rovers and Wolves, while he was interviewed last month by Championship clubs Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday. January 2018 transfer window John Coates said: “Paul has been successful in management at clubs with a strong and stable background and with local ownership – the kind of foundation we are able to give to our managers. We were determined to appoint someone with Premier League experience or an extensive knowledge of English football. We look forward to working with Paul and supporting him to help achieve our goals.” Lambert was in the stands at Old Trafford for Stoke's game against Manchester United on Monday night. He will be officially presented at the bet365 Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

Paul Lambert appointed Stoke City's new manager after impressing during weekend talks

Paul Lambert has been appointed as Stoke's new manager. As Telegraph Sport exclusively revealed, Lambert has accepted the job at the Premier League strugglers after productive talks over the weekend, with the promise of a significant bonus if he guides Stoke to safety. The former Aston Villa manager has been out of football since leaving Wolves at the end of last season but has top-flight experience while, crucially, he was also never relegated at Villa Park. It ends a nine-day search for Mark Hughes's successor, with moves for Gary Rowett, Quique Sanchez Flores and Martin O'Neill all ending in frustration. Stoke's difficult search has now left them with no alternative but to consider a short-term appointment and both Lambert and Slaven Bilic emerged as the most realistic candidates. Lambert has top-flight experience and was not relegated while Aston Villa manager Credit: PA Lambert, 48, has impressed Stoke officials in negotiations and will be sat in the stand at Old Trafford for the game against Manchester United on Monday night.  There is an acceptance within the Stoke boardroom that the appointment will not be wholly popular, but a short-term appointment was their only option with only 16 league games remaining.  Lambert's reputation was at its highest nearly seven years ago, when he achieved back-to-back promotions at Norwich City. He departed for Villa in 2012 and endured a difficult two-and-a-half years during a turbulent period under former chairman Randy Lerner, operating on a restricted budget. Yet he never suffered relegation in that time before his dismissal in February 2015. Since leaving Villa he has managed Blackburn Rovers and Wolves, while he was interviewed last month by Championship clubs Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday. Lambert's first game in charge will be the home game against struggling Huddersfield on Saturday. Ahead of the game at United tonight, Stoke are in the relegation zone and a point adrift of 17th-placed Southampton.

Paul Lambert appointed Stoke City's new manager after impressing during weekend talks

Paul Lambert has been appointed as Stoke's new manager. As Telegraph Sport exclusively revealed, Lambert has accepted the job at the Premier League strugglers after productive talks over the weekend, with the promise of a significant bonus if he guides Stoke to safety. The former Aston Villa manager has been out of football since leaving Wolves at the end of last season but has top-flight experience while, crucially, he was also never relegated at Villa Park. It ends a nine-day search for Mark Hughes's successor, with moves for Gary Rowett, Quique Sanchez Flores and Martin O'Neill all ending in frustration. Stoke's difficult search has now left them with no alternative but to consider a short-term appointment and both Lambert and Slaven Bilic emerged as the most realistic candidates. Lambert has top-flight experience and was not relegated while Aston Villa manager Credit: PA Lambert, 48, has impressed Stoke officials in negotiations and will be sat in the stand at Old Trafford for the game against Manchester United on Monday night.  There is an acceptance within the Stoke boardroom that the appointment will not be wholly popular, but a short-term appointment was their only option with only 16 league games remaining.  Lambert's reputation was at its highest nearly seven years ago, when he achieved back-to-back promotions at Norwich City. He departed for Villa in 2012 and endured a difficult two-and-a-half years during a turbulent period under former chairman Randy Lerner, operating on a restricted budget. Yet he never suffered relegation in that time before his dismissal in February 2015. Since leaving Villa he has managed Blackburn Rovers and Wolves, while he was interviewed last month by Championship clubs Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday. Lambert's first game in charge will be the home game against struggling Huddersfield on Saturday. Ahead of the game at United tonight, Stoke are in the relegation zone and a point adrift of 17th-placed Southampton.

Sheffield Utd 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Jos Luhakay impresses on debut and weathers Glenn Loovens' red card

Sheffield Wednesday’s new manager Jos Luhukay survived his baptism of fire, in his first match, as his men held on for a gutsy draw despite a 64th-minute red card for their captain, Glenn Loovens.  Luhukay had stepped into the heat of a Sheffield derby, in front of 31,000 noisy fans by matching bitter rivals United’s 3-5-2 formation. The brave tactical ploy of the Dutchman worked, and his injury-hit squad refused to wilt late on in front of a baying Bramall Lane faithful. Loovens had been sent off in the 64th minute when he picked up his second yellow card for a late challenge on Clayton Donaldson. As he came off, a bottle appeared to be thrown at him, which was picked up by the fourth official.  Loovens’ challenge was a foul but whether it was a second yellow or not was debatable. Regardless, it was foolish for the Wednesday captain to rashly attempt the challenge on a night that required cool heads. Former VfB Stuttgart manager Luhukay admitted that he will be having words with his compatriot Loovens about the challenge - having already warned the player at half-time.  Jos Luhukay, Wednesday's new manager, made a fine first impression Credit: Danny Lawson/PA The Wednesday manager said: “I said to Glenn to have patience, to have timing with one-on-ones. Glenn was too fast to go into the challenge.  “He knows that. He is very experienced and a very good captain. But I must speak to Glenn about why he did that. What I saw from the team after that gave me hope though.”  Fighting talk had not been lacking from United manager Chris Wilder before this game. He spoke like the boyhood Sheffield United fan that he is.  After the game, he delivered a veiled dig at the Wednesday players for their effort - in comparison to the way they had been playing over the course of this season.  United's John Fleck and Sheffield Wednesday's Frederico Venancio (right) and Ross Wallace battle for the ball Credit:  Danny Lawson/PA Wire “They ran around and competed,” said Wilder. “I imagine Carlos [Carvahal, sacked by Wednesday last month] might be a little disappointed.” Wilder’s mood would not have been helped by the fact David Coote was referee here. The United manager had been enraged when John Fleck had been sent off by the official against Bristol City last month. Wednesday were on the receiving end this time with the Loovens dismissal - but the home side could also argue that Ross Wallace should then have been sent off in the 74th minute for a challenge on Fleck, which the Scottish midfielder was booked for. Wilder, indeed, argued that. “I can’t see why he’s not given that,” he said.  Even before the tackles started flying, this atmosphere had been simmering. Many of the streets outside the ground had been buzzing with anticipation before the game and the police - heavily increased in numbers - were called into action to take care of some of the consequent disorder.  Inside the stadium, this certainly felt like the first visit of Wednesday on to enemy territory since October 2011 as noise levels were cranked up. The early initiative was taken by United but Luhukay’s men slowly took the sting out of the home side. With no shots on target and no keeper forced into significant action, it had been a case of job done by the away side.  Wednesday’s goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith came to rescue early in the second half though, with an acrobatic save from Donaldson’s flick. Sheffield-born Wildsmith is a lifelong Wednesday fan - and came up through their youth ranks then broke into the first team - so that particular moment would have felt sweet for him.   Sheffield United (3-5-2): Moore; Baldock, Stearman, O’Connell; Basham, Lundstram, Duffy, Fleck, Stevens; Clarke, Donaldson (Wilson 66).  Subs Sharp, Wright, Leonard, Evans, Lafferty. Sheffield Wednesday (3-5-2): Wildsmith; Loovens, Venancio, Pudil; Palmer, Wallace (Clare 90), Jones, Reach, Fox; Rhodes (Boyd 70), Joao (Nuhiu 82).  Subs Dawson, Butterfield, Matias, Thorniley. Booked Loovens, Venancio, Wallace, Nuhiu. Sent off Loovens. Referee David Coote (Nottinghamshire).

Sheffield Utd 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Jos Luhakay impresses on debut and weathers Glenn Loovens' red card

Sheffield Wednesday’s new manager Jos Luhukay survived his baptism of fire, in his first match, as his men held on for a gutsy draw despite a 64th-minute red card for their captain, Glenn Loovens.  Luhukay had stepped into the heat of a Sheffield derby, in front of 31,000 noisy fans by matching bitter rivals United’s 3-5-2 formation. The brave tactical ploy of the Dutchman worked, and his injury-hit squad refused to wilt late on in front of a baying Bramall Lane faithful. Loovens had been sent off in the 64th minute when he picked up his second yellow card for a late challenge on Clayton Donaldson. As he came off, a bottle appeared to be thrown at him, which was picked up by the fourth official.  Loovens’ challenge was a foul but whether it was a second yellow or not was debatable. Regardless, it was foolish for the Wednesday captain to rashly attempt the challenge on a night that required cool heads. Former VfB Stuttgart manager Luhukay admitted that he will be having words with his compatriot Loovens about the challenge - having already warned the player at half-time.  Jos Luhukay, Wednesday's new manager, made a fine first impression Credit: Danny Lawson/PA The Wednesday manager said: “I said to Glenn to have patience, to have timing with one-on-ones. Glenn was too fast to go into the challenge.  “He knows that. He is very experienced and a very good captain. But I must speak to Glenn about why he did that. What I saw from the team after that gave me hope though.”  Fighting talk had not been lacking from United manager Chris Wilder before this game. He spoke like the boyhood Sheffield United fan that he is.  After the game, he delivered a veiled dig at the Wednesday players for their effort - in comparison to the way they had been playing over the course of this season.  United's John Fleck and Sheffield Wednesday's Frederico Venancio (right) and Ross Wallace battle for the ball Credit:  Danny Lawson/PA Wire “They ran around and competed,” said Wilder. “I imagine Carlos [Carvahal, sacked by Wednesday last month] might be a little disappointed.” Wilder’s mood would not have been helped by the fact David Coote was referee here. The United manager had been enraged when John Fleck had been sent off by the official against Bristol City last month. Wednesday were on the receiving end this time with the Loovens dismissal - but the home side could also argue that Ross Wallace should then have been sent off in the 74th minute for a challenge on Fleck, which the Scottish midfielder was booked for. Wilder, indeed, argued that. “I can’t see why he’s not given that,” he said.  Even before the tackles started flying, this atmosphere had been simmering. Many of the streets outside the ground had been buzzing with anticipation before the game and the police - heavily increased in numbers - were called into action to take care of some of the consequent disorder.  Inside the stadium, this certainly felt like the first visit of Wednesday on to enemy territory since October 2011 as noise levels were cranked up. The early initiative was taken by United but Luhukay’s men slowly took the sting out of the home side. With no shots on target and no keeper forced into significant action, it had been a case of job done by the away side.  Wednesday’s goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith came to rescue early in the second half though, with an acrobatic save from Donaldson’s flick. Sheffield-born Wildsmith is a lifelong Wednesday fan - and came up through their youth ranks then broke into the first team - so that particular moment would have felt sweet for him.   Sheffield United (3-5-2): Moore; Baldock, Stearman, O’Connell; Basham, Lundstram, Duffy, Fleck, Stevens; Clarke, Donaldson (Wilson 66).  Subs Sharp, Wright, Leonard, Evans, Lafferty. Sheffield Wednesday (3-5-2): Wildsmith; Loovens, Venancio, Pudil; Palmer, Wallace (Clare 90), Jones, Reach, Fox; Rhodes (Boyd 70), Joao (Nuhiu 82).  Subs Dawson, Butterfield, Matias, Thorniley. Booked Loovens, Venancio, Wallace, Nuhiu. Sent off Loovens. Referee David Coote (Nottinghamshire).

Sheffield Utd 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Jos Luhakay impresses on debut and weathers Glenn Loovens' red card

Sheffield Wednesday’s new manager Jos Luhukay survived his baptism of fire, in his first match, as his men held on for a gutsy draw despite a 64th-minute red card for their captain, Glenn Loovens.  Luhukay had stepped into the heat of a Sheffield derby, in front of 31,000 noisy fans by matching bitter rivals United’s 3-5-2 formation. The brave tactical ploy of the Dutchman worked, and his injury-hit squad refused to wilt late on in front of a baying Bramall Lane faithful. Loovens had been sent off in the 64th minute when he picked up his second yellow card for a late challenge on Clayton Donaldson. As he came off, a bottle appeared to be thrown at him, which was picked up by the fourth official.  Loovens’ challenge was a foul but whether it was a second yellow or not was debatable. Regardless, it was foolish for the Wednesday captain to rashly attempt the challenge on a night that required cool heads. Former VfB Stuttgart manager Luhukay admitted that he will be having words with his compatriot Loovens about the challenge - having already warned the player at half-time.  Jos Luhukay, Wednesday's new manager, made a fine first impression Credit: Danny Lawson/PA The Wednesday manager said: “I said to Glenn to have patience, to have timing with one-on-ones. Glenn was too fast to go into the challenge.  “He knows that. He is very experienced and a very good captain. But I must speak to Glenn about why he did that. What I saw from the team after that gave me hope though.”  Fighting talk had not been lacking from United manager Chris Wilder before this game. He spoke like the boyhood Sheffield United fan that he is.  After the game, he delivered a veiled dig at the Wednesday players for their effort - in comparison to the way they had been playing over the course of this season.  United's John Fleck and Sheffield Wednesday's Frederico Venancio (right) and Ross Wallace battle for the ball Credit:  Danny Lawson/PA Wire “They ran around and competed,” said Wilder. “I imagine Carlos [Carvahal, sacked by Wednesday last month] might be a little disappointed.” Wilder’s mood would not have been helped by the fact David Coote was referee here. The United manager had been enraged when John Fleck had been sent off by the official against Bristol City last month. Wednesday were on the receiving end this time with the Loovens dismissal - but the home side could also argue that Ross Wallace should then have been sent off in the 74th minute for a challenge on Fleck, which the Scottish midfielder was booked for. Wilder, indeed, argued that. “I can’t see why he’s not given that,” he said.  Even before the tackles started flying, this atmosphere had been simmering. Many of the streets outside the ground had been buzzing with anticipation before the game and the police - heavily increased in numbers - were called into action to take care of some of the consequent disorder.  Inside the stadium, this certainly felt like the first visit of Wednesday on to enemy territory since October 2011 as noise levels were cranked up. The early initiative was taken by United but Luhukay’s men slowly took the sting out of the home side. With no shots on target and no keeper forced into significant action, it had been a case of job done by the away side.  Wednesday’s goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith came to rescue early in the second half though, with an acrobatic save from Donaldson’s flick. Sheffield-born Wildsmith is a lifelong Wednesday fan - and came up through their youth ranks then broke into the first team - so that particular moment would have felt sweet for him.   Sheffield United (3-5-2): Moore; Baldock, Stearman, O’Connell; Basham, Lundstram, Duffy, Fleck, Stevens; Clarke, Donaldson (Wilson 66).  Subs Sharp, Wright, Leonard, Evans, Lafferty. Sheffield Wednesday (3-5-2): Wildsmith; Loovens, Venancio, Pudil; Palmer, Wallace (Clare 90), Jones, Reach, Fox; Rhodes (Boyd 70), Joao (Nuhiu 82).  Subs Dawson, Butterfield, Matias, Thorniley. Booked Loovens, Venancio, Wallace, Nuhiu. Sent off Loovens. Referee David Coote (Nottinghamshire).

Sheffield Utd 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Jos Luhakay impresses on debut and weathers Glenn Loovens' red card

Sheffield Utd 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Jos Luhakay impresses on debut and weathers Glenn Loovens' red card

Sheffield Utd 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Jos Luhakay impresses on debut and weathers Glenn Loovens' red card

Sheffield Utd 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Jos Luhakay impresses on debut and weathers Glenn Loovens' red card

Sheffield Utd 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Jos Luhakay impresses on debut and weathers Glenn Loovens' red card

Sheffield Utd 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Jos Luhakay impresses on debut and weathers Glenn Loovens' red card

Sheffield United 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Luhukay gets debut derby point despite Loovens red

Sheffield Wednesday may have had a man sent off, but they still held on to a 0-0 derby draw with United in Jos Luhukay's first game.

Sheffield United held to goalless draw by Wednesday in Steel City derby

Sheffield Wednesday’s captain, Glenn Loovens, fouls Clayton Donaldson to pick up his second yellow card.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder predicts derby of Titanic proportions

Local boy Chris Wilder makes no attempt to downplay the importance of Friday night’s Sheffield derby. “Well, there’s great respect for the history of their football club, what they’ve done and the great players they’ve had over the years,” says the Sheffield United manager when asked what he thinks of his club’s bitter rivals, Sheffield Wednesday. “But they’re not really like us – they’re different. I don’t know how I can put this in a way that won’t offend people, but I know that if I’m on the Titanic and there’s a Blade and an Owl and one space left on that life raft I’m dragging that Blade into it!” This isn’t the way managers normally talk but then Wilder is not your average manager – not when it comes to Sheffield United, at least. He was born in Stocksbridge, in the north of Sheffield, and grew up an avid supporter of the club. Wilder attended his first derby in 1980 and is even said to have a tattoo of the club’s crest somewhere on his body – a claim he does not refute, laughing as he says: “Some things I have to keep to myself.” And in May 2016, after 15 years in management at the likes of Alfreton Town, Halifax, Oxford  and Northampton, Wilder was finally given his dream job. He secured promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt, ensuring that after a gap of six long years there would finally be a Steel City derby again. United won 4-2 at Hillsborough back in September but Friday night is the first time the two have met at Bramall Lane since October 2011 and Wilder’s excitement is obvious. “I ringed this one in the calendar when the fixtures came out, 100 per cent,” he says. “Our supporters have missed going toe-to-toe with the heavyweights and the sides we are coming up against this season are incredible – but for me the two outstanding games are these two against our rivals. Wilder and Sheffield United won the last meeting between the old rivals when they met in September Credit: Getty Images “It still amazes me how many people are affected by it and for me as a player and a manager, the highs are a lot higher and the lows a lot lower than at other clubs. I quite like getting the bus every now and again and I might get a smile if the bus driver is a United fan, or I might get a stare if they’re from the other side. If we lose I might have to start getting an Uber! “The majority of my pals are United fans and I think it’s certainly not one for the glory-seekers or the faint-hearted after what we’ve been through the last few years. I know what it means to everybody and the responsibility I have is a little heavier than I’ve had at other clubs.” It is a responsibility Wilder has borne well so far, with United going into Friday night’s game just outside the play-off places after a hugely impressive start to life back in the Championship. The 20 fiercest rivalries in English football - by Jonathan Liew The undoubted highlight so far was that win at Hillsborough the day after Wilder’s 50th birthday – “I had an ideal opportunity and excuse to push the celebrations a little further than I maybe would have done normally,” he chuckles – and a second successive promotion is not out of the question. “It was a fantastic achievement by Huddersfield to go up last year and now everyone looks at that and says, ‘It’s not an impossible task’. I would love to take this club on and I am ambitious and still have fire in my belly to achieve. “A lot of things have to happen and go our way but we’ve a good group of staff and excellent players and supporters so we are in a  good place.” But while victory on Friday night would be a boost to United’s promotion hopes you get the sense that Wilder, for one night only, is more concerned with simple bragging rights. “There’s going to be 28,000 of our supporters who will be desperate to do a famous old double over the rivals,” he says, “and one on the touchline.”

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder predicts derby of Titanic proportions

Local boy Chris Wilder makes no attempt to downplay the importance of Friday night’s Sheffield derby. “Well, there’s great respect for the history of their football club, what they’ve done and the great players they’ve had over the years,” says the Sheffield United manager when asked what he thinks of his club’s bitter rivals, Sheffield Wednesday. “But they’re not really like us – they’re different. I don’t know how I can put this in a way that won’t offend people, but I know that if I’m on the Titanic and there’s a Blade and an Owl and one space left on that life raft I’m dragging that Blade into it!” This isn’t the way managers normally talk but then Wilder is not your average manager – not when it comes to Sheffield United, at least. He was born in Stocksbridge, in the north of Sheffield, and grew up an avid supporter of the club. Wilder attended his first derby in 1980 and is even said to have a tattoo of the club’s crest somewhere on his body – a claim he does not refute, laughing as he says: “Some things I have to keep to myself.” And in May 2016, after 15 years in management at the likes of Alfreton Town, Halifax, Oxford  and Northampton, Wilder was finally given his dream job. He secured promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt, ensuring that after a gap of six long years there would finally be a Steel City derby again. United won 4-2 at Hillsborough back in September but Friday night is the first time the two have met at Bramall Lane since October 2011 and Wilder’s excitement is obvious. “I ringed this one in the calendar when the fixtures came out, 100 per cent,” he says. “Our supporters have missed going toe-to-toe with the heavyweights and the sides we are coming up against this season are incredible – but for me the two outstanding games are these two against our rivals. Wilder and Sheffield United won the last meeting between the old rivals when they met in September Credit: Getty Images “It still amazes me how many people are affected by it and for me as a player and a manager, the highs are a lot higher and the lows a lot lower than at other clubs. I quite like getting the bus every now and again and I might get a smile if the bus driver is a United fan, or I might get a stare if they’re from the other side. If we lose I might have to start getting an Uber! “The majority of my pals are United fans and I think it’s certainly not one for the glory-seekers or the faint-hearted after what we’ve been through the last few years. I know what it means to everybody and the responsibility I have is a little heavier than I’ve had at other clubs.” It is a responsibility Wilder has borne well so far, with United going into Friday night’s game just outside the play-off places after a hugely impressive start to life back in the Championship. The 20 fiercest rivalries in English football - by Jonathan Liew The undoubted highlight so far was that win at Hillsborough the day after Wilder’s 50th birthday – “I had an ideal opportunity and excuse to push the celebrations a little further than I maybe would have done normally,” he chuckles – and a second successive promotion is not out of the question. “It was a fantastic achievement by Huddersfield to go up last year and now everyone looks at that and says, ‘It’s not an impossible task’. I would love to take this club on and I am ambitious and still have fire in my belly to achieve. “A lot of things have to happen and go our way but we’ve a good group of staff and excellent players and supporters so we are in a  good place.” But while victory on Friday night would be a boost to United’s promotion hopes you get the sense that Wilder, for one night only, is more concerned with simple bragging rights. “There’s going to be 28,000 of our supporters who will be desperate to do a famous old double over the rivals,” he says, “and one on the touchline.”

FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil Town get dream home tie against Manchester United

Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd's 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day." There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already.  “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season.  “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two.  “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club.  Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We'll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We're ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here's the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go'orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight's game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain's more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That's what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We'll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It's Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 "Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup," says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all  Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That's enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently.  6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels' 'Now, that's magic!' Paul 'Magic Man' Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you're all wrong, 'the magic of the FA Cup' is the greatest magic of them all, and we're about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say 'about' I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You'll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger's shirt.  6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom  Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January

FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil Town get dream home tie against Manchester United

Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd's 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day." There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already.  “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season.  “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two.  “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club.  Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We'll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We're ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here's the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go'orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight's game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain's more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That's what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We'll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It's Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 "Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup," says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all  Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That's enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently.  6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels' 'Now, that's magic!' Paul 'Magic Man' Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you're all wrong, 'the magic of the FA Cup' is the greatest magic of them all, and we're about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say 'about' I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You'll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger's shirt.  6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom  Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January

FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil Town get dream home tie against Manchester United

Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd's 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day." There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already.  “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season.  “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two.  “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club.  Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We'll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We're ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here's the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go'orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight's game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain's more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That's what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We'll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It's Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 "Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup," says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all  Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That's enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently.  6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels' 'Now, that's magic!' Paul 'Magic Man' Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you're all wrong, 'the magic of the FA Cup' is the greatest magic of them all, and we're about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say 'about' I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You'll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger's shirt.  6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom  Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January

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