Plum draw for U's

COLCHESTER boss Phil Parkinson admitted his side have waited three years to "pull out a good draw" after being paired with Everton or Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round.

COLCHESTER boss Phil Parkinson admitted his side have waited three years to "pull out a good draw" after being paired with Everton or Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round.

The Coca-Cola League One outfit saw off Championship visitors Derby 3-1 at Layer Road on Saturday and will face Premiership opposition on the weekend of February 18 and 19.

"It's a great draw for us, we've been waiting three years for pull out a good draw and either Everton or Chelsea will be fantastic,” said Parkinson.

"Off the pitch it means about a million pounds for us.


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"On the pitch it's a great opportunity for my young players to test themselves against Premiership opposition.”

Midfielder Kevin Watson added: “It's a fantastic draw for the club. We've knocked out three Championship teams and it tops what has been a great season so far. Hopefully we can go to one of those clubs and and do ourselves justice.

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The draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup: Preston or Crystal Palace v Coventry or Middlesbrough, Newcastle Utd v Southampton

Aston Villa v Manchester City, Everton or Chelsea v Colchester, Charlton v Brentford, Liverpool v Manchester Utd, Bolton v West Ham, Stoke v Reading or Birmingham. Ties to be played over the weekend of February 18 and 19.

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