Rams to return

FORMER Ipswich Town manager George Burley, who returned to his old club on Saturday, will be back at Portman Road in a month's time for an FA Cup third-round tie.

FORMER Ipswich Town manager George Burley, who returned to his old club on Saturday, will be back at Portman Road in a month's time for an FA Cup third-round tie, writes Derek Davis.

Town have been drawn at home to fellow Division One club Derby County, having already taken four points from the two league meetings with Burley's boys this season.

Joe Royle's men followed up a 2-2 draw at Pride Park with a 2-1 win on Saturday. Royle sees this third meeting of the two teams, within the space of a couple of months, as a chance to tinker with his side.

"I see this cup tie as a chance to give one or two players a game, who have not been regulars," explained the Town boss last night.


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"Of course we will be treating the FA Cup very seriously. It's very important for the club financially, but I am planning to make one or two changes. We know all about Derby, having played them twice recently.

"I thought we deserved to win on Saturday. Derby are improving all the time, but then so are we. All you can ask for, of a cup draw, is to get a home match. It should be close, but we have nothing to fear."

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Colchester United were hoping for a glamorous tie after reaching the third round of the FA Cup for the first time in eight years, following Saturday's 1-0 win over Aldershot Town.

But instead, the U's have an away match at either Division Two high-fliers Bournemouth or Conference dwellers Accrington Stanley.

The game at Dean Court on Saturday ended in a 1-1 draw, after Accrington had taken an early lead. Accrington, who beat Division One side Huddersfield Town in the first round, must fancy their chances of making further progress in the replay at home.

U's boss Phil Parkinson said last night: "It's a little bit disappointing. It's not the sort of draw that we were looking for.

"However, it does give us a decent chance of making progress into the fourth round, where we would then have another opportunity to get a glamorous tie.

"I will probably go up to the replay. Bournemouth are going well in our division, and Accrington are also a good side.

"Aldershot proved against us on Saturday that the dividing line between the Second Division and the Conference is very thin."

Norwich City, second in Division One, face a tough away trip at Premiership side Everton, while Cambridge United, if they can overcome Macclesfield in a second round replay, will be at Swansea City in round three.

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