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12th December 2013 18:39

FA Cup Round 3 draw
Liverpool vs Oldham or Mansfield

The replay, Mansfield v Oldham, will be on Tuesday 17 Dec.


Third-round tie scheduled for Sunday

Liverpool will play either Oldham or Mansfield Town at Anfield in the third round of the FA Cup with Budweiser on Sunday, January 5th, kick off 3pm.

The match will not be televised live.

Read more at http://www.oldhamathletic.co.uk/news/article/20131211-facup-1229529.aspx?#8h24qQvjT33h8ABt.99


Cox amazed by cup draw
mansfieldtown.net, 9th December 2013

Boss Paul Cox has spoken of his amazement after yesterday’s FA Cup with Budweiser Third Round draw saw us handed a potential trip to Liverpool.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/cox-amazed-by-cup-draw-1225112.aspx?#f5RYYvvIwQcA5kBJ.99

Our team could meet Brendan Rodgers’ multi-million pound stars for a second successive season, but it will only happen if we beat Oldham Athletic.

We now face an eagerly-anticipated replay with the Latics at One Call Stadium next week, following a 1-1 draw at Boundary Park last Saturday.

Ironically, after Luis Suarez’s hotly-disputed strike earned Liverpool victory over us in the Third Round last term, the Reds were beaten by Oldham in the Fourth Round.

In another ironic twist, the Latics also played Liverpool in the Third Round in the 2011/12 campaign, where they were beaten 5-1 at Anfield.

“It’s a tie that both clubs would have been wanting and it adds a little bit more spice to the replay,” said Cox.

“[Liverpool] are one of the biggest clubs in world football, so it’s a real positive and something to look forward to.

“The dreams and memories of the occasion from last year are still very much cemented in the back of the mind, so for that tie to come out again, both for us and Oldham, is ‘frightening’.

“It’s like déjà vu from last year in terms of being sat there on a Sunday, having just drawn at Lincoln City, and [Liverpool] comes out the hat - but you still have a game to play before you get there.

“But it’s a great tie and I’m really pleased for the players and supporters. I think there’ll be a few people at both clubs walking around with a smile on their face this morning.”

Our manager is now urging supporters to turn out in force for next week’s Second Round replay - just like they did last season, when we beat Lincoln City at exactly the same stage.

“When you look at what’s at stake, it’s the biggest game [of the season] so far,” said Cox.

“We hope that we can do what we did last year, which is fill the stadium and win the replay. We need as many people here to support the boys as possible.

“The fixture isn’t over and I’m sure Oldham will be thinking the same, but [the possibility of a trip to Anfield in the next round] makes the replay a massive one.”

Third Round ties in the FA Cup with Budweiser are scheduled to be played on weekend commencing Saturday 04 January 2014.

Paul Cox's full interview will be available on Stags Player later today. To subscribe, click here.


Mansfield Town v Oldham Athletic is our ‘biggest game of the season’, says boss Paul Cox
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, stephen.thirkill@chad.co.uk, 09 December 2013

Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox believes the FA Cup replay against Oldham Athletic is the club’s biggest game of the season so far.


The winner will earn a money-spinning tie against Premier League giants Liverpool at Anfield next month following yesterday’s FA Cup third round draw.

If Stags overcome Oldham it will also give the club a chance to finally play at Anfield after they were robbed at the same stage last year when Luis Suarez’s handball sealed a 2-1 win for Brendan Rodgers’ men.

Boss Paul Cox said: “I have had many text messages following the draw suggesting we can right last year’s wrong and finally get our trip to Anfield.

“People will think back to last year’s controversy with the handball and it is human nature to think that we can now settle a score.

“Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in world football, we all remember the game from last year and we want a repeat of that.

“Liverpool is a dream draw for both ourselves and Oldham. This is our biggest game of the season when you look at what is ahead for the winners.

“It is a really positive draw and something to look forward to, but we have two tough games before then.

“I am really pleased for the fans and the players, The draw has made people smile.”

“I hope this draw can give us a boost and create momentum for us like it did last year. There are a lot of similarities with the Lincoln game.

“We hope people will come out in force for the replay, like they did against Lincoln. The fans can make a massive difference.”

But win or lose against Oldham, Cox says the latest FA Cup adventure will help get his struggling side back on track.

“We looked much more like ourselves against Oldham,” added Cox.

“We had a better shape and there were some good individual performances. We looked like we did at the start of the season against a team that have good players and are a division above us.

“The problem we have had is that we got off to such a good start to the season, had our normal slump at the back end October, and expectation has got out of control.

“We are moving forward as a club, but we are not Manchester United.

“We are always looking to improve this club and I want to see us getting better steadily. I have sat down with the chairman and we know what we want to achieve and when we want to achieve it by.

“It would be help the chairman if we get to play at Anfield. It would be nice to put some money back in his pocket.”

Stags are currently due to face Oldham Athletic on Tuesday 17th December.


Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox dreaming of Liverpool FA Cup repeat
By Nottingham Post, December 09, 2013

MANSFIELD Town are again dreaming of facing English giants Liverpool in the FA Cup.

Read more: http://www.nottinghampost.com/Mansfield-Town-boss-Paul-Cox-dreaming-Liverpool/story-20298095-detail/story.html#ixzz2mxzPZuuS

The Stags will play the Reds in the third round for the second year in a row, if they can beat Oldham Athletic in a second round replay on home soil which is expected to be played next Tuesday night.

And this time it will be at Anfield in front of a crowd of around 40,000.

It was only 11 months ago that Town suffered a controversial 2-1 defeat to the five-time European Cup winners in the third round on home soil, striker Luis Suarez controlling the ball with his right hand before scoring the winning goal.

Stags fans would love revenge on the Uruguayan and Liverpool and boss Paul Cox says he almost fell of his settee at home when the draw was made last night.

"I still can't believe it," he said. "I was sat on the settee with my wife watching the draw exactly like last year and when Liverpool came out she said to me 'what's the odds on getting them again?'

"You think draws like this only come around once in a career so to have the chance to play Liverpool for a second time in two seasons is the stuff dreams are made of - and at Anfield this time.

"The replay against Oldham is going to be a big night."



Sam Clucas @samclucas
Liverpool away if we win oh my days

chris clements @clemmo14
Wowzers can you believe it!!! Liverpool again. Big replay coming up #dreamsofthefacup

O wow wot a dream draw that is Liverpool at anfield if we beat Oldham x

Darryl Westlake @DarrylWestlake
Liverpool away if we get through, deeeeece!!

Lindon Meikle
Oh jeez!!
So hopefully we can get what we really deserved now! Funny how things work! Lets get it done!!! #facup

Martin Riley @LifeofRiley6
Oh wow!!!!
Liverpool at Anfield unreal! #FAcup

Adam Murray
Wow!!!! u couldn't write it !!!!!


Cup-draw reaction
oldhamathletic.co.uk, Sun 08 Dec 2013

I am desperate to take my team to Anfield: Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson relishes the prospect of taking his Latics' side to Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup with Budweiser providing they can overcome Mansfield in their second-round replay.

Read more at http://www.oldhamathletic.co.uk/news/article/20131208-cupdraw2-1223763.aspx?#SeX4mAeipoOPkIhX.99

Latics' manager admits there is still work to do, though, if they are to play at Anfield next month.

Johnson said: "Obviously we are all excited, but we have to calm down because we have another tie to play before we can think of Liverpool.

"And we will have to play a lot better than we did on Saturday if we are to reach the third round.

"Mansfield away will be a difficult game. If we give a good performance, though, we will have a good chance of progressing.

"I am sure all the players want the experience, myself included, as I am desperate to take my team to Anfield."

It would be the third successive season in which Latics have played Liverpool in the FA Cup.

And Johnson added he hoped the game will be screened live on television to enhance the club's reputation.

He also explained it would be a brilliant tie for Anton Rodgers whose father Brendan is the Liverpool manager.

Johnson said: "It would be great for Anton if we get to that point.

"He will be desperate to do well in the build up to that game as he will want to play against his dad.

"And it would also be useful to have a spy in the camp!"



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