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Bates Reacts To FA Cup Draw

8 October 2018

Matthew Bates Alan Hayward (Shutter Press)
Pools boss Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates has declared himself pleased with the FA Cup draw after Pools were given a home tie against Workington or Kidsgrove Athletic in the Fourth Qualifying Round.

The Evo-Stik outfits drew 0-0 in their tie on Saturday and the Pools boss revealed that he now intends to be in the crowd when the sides lock horns in a replay on Wednesday night.

“I am happy with the draw,” Bates told us.

“I am quite pleased that they drew on Saturday because that gives me a chance to get over there for the replay on Wednesday and see both teams in action.

“We can have a look at them and see what they’re all about so the fact it’s gone to a replay is a little bit of a bonus for us.

“I have been looking forward to the FA Cup because I’ve not managed in it yet but it was always a competition I loved as a player.

“I love the early rounds so a home tie was what we were after – we’d have been comfortable with anybody at home but whoever we play will be up for it because it will be a big game for them.

“We’ll respect the opposition whoever gets through because they will come to our place wanting to make a name for themselves but we’re looking forward to it and hopefully we can progress.”

The Fourth Round Qualifying Round is set to be played at The Super 6 Stadium on Saturday 20th October.

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