Reds draw Birmingham at home..

Not really the draw I was hoping for – for one, I was hoping for a trip away from the City Ground, and well – no disrespect to Birmingham City – but to a higher profile opponent.  As it is, this is a game that neither team probably hoped for – we will prove an awkward opponent for them, and them us.

I’d hoped for a ‘go out in a blaze of glory’ cup tie at Old Trafford or The Emirates, or maybe Anfield.  Of course, our last attempt at one of those types of cup ties at Stamford Bridge may have seen us exit stage right, but certainly there was very little glory to be had.  Indeed, the only action of merit for us were a bobbling Junior Agogo shot and the attempt by Julian Bennett to snap Andrei Shevchenko in half.

You see, a cup run is a fairly low priority for me – that said, it is a good opportunity for Billy to shuffle his pack a little and keep more players in competitive action as he finds himself with an increasingly fully fit squad – and therefore more selection headaches.  As we find ourselves daring to look comfortable with the tag of playoff contenders though, I fear the impact of cup-shaped distractions.

Indeed, casting my eye down the draw not much jumps out – a trip to Chelsea for Watford, a London derby between West Ham and Arsenal.  Manchester United vs Kettering or Leeds could be both interesting and tasty, and poor old Notts managed to draw the wrong Forest!  As is so oft the case, I wonder why we get excited by the third round draw!