U's fancy a crack at Chelsea

COLCHESTER United were handed a dream fifth round tie in the FA Cup, when they were paired away at either Chelsea or Everton in yesterday's televised draw.

By Carl Marston

COLCHESTER United were handed a dream fifth round tie in the FA Cup, when they were paired away at either Chelsea or Everton in yesterday's televised draw.

Injured skipper Kevin Watson certainly has a big incentive to regain fitness, before the U's travel to either Stamford Bridge or Goodison Park during the weekend February 18/19.

“It's the best draw that we could have had, and it tops off what has already been a fabulous season,” enthused midfield maestro Watson.

“Of course Chelsea is the one we really want. It would be a chance for the lads to pit their wits against not only the best players in Europe, but, in the case of Chelsea, the best players in the world!

“It will be a massive day for the whole club. To play away at Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup would be the biggest game of my career, and the biggest for all the other lads.

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“We have not enjoyed the sort of recognition that we thought we deserved, from the national media, until our win against Derby on Saturday. But now we are starting to hit the headlines.

“Chelsea still have to beat Everton in the replay, but whatever happens, it will be a magnificent day for the club,” added Watson.

The 32-year-old former Tottenham trainee damaged medial knee ligaments during the U's 2-1 victory over Port Vale on January 21, but he is hoping to be back in contention for the glamorous trip to a Premiership club.

“I will be having treatment on my knee every day now. I'll stay on the treatment table until midnight if necessary!” insisted Watson.

“It's a big incentive for me to try and get fit. I've just been for a hard run on the treadmill, and the knee feels fine. The next step is a precautionary scan on Thursday.”

The U's have already beaten Leamington (9-1), Shrewsbury (2-1), Sheffield United (2-1) and Derby County (3-1) to reach the last 16. Now they are looking forward to a big pay-day.

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