16-Jan-2018 19:37:51 | The Guardian
“I see Geoff Eltringham is the referee at Mansfield today,” writes JR. “About two hours ago I watched the game from Saturday where he completely hosed Middlesbrough and was thinking I’m not sure he should be refereeing any games. Then I found out he used to be a Sunderland season ticket holder so that at least explained his performance. Maybe he just shouldn’t be allowed to ref any games involving Newcastle or Boro?” I daresay he won’t be let anywhere near Middlesbrough for a good while.
Claude Puel talks to BT Sport:
I think a cup game is always difficult. Of course the first leg was not a good game, but we played a strong team, powerful, quality. Now we need to be in the fourth round of the FA Cup and I think it’s an important game for us, the squad, and players without game time. It will be important to start with good focus, good concentration. It’s important always to play good football. If we win this game, it will be a good reward for all the team, not just for some players. I think it’s important to keep our focus. We play at home, it’s another pitch, another atmosphere, and I hope of course we can start strong and put it right for the next round.
The star strikers are on the bench at the King Power: Jamie Vardy and Devante Cole; on BT Sport Uwe Rosler is playing down the importance of his decision to relegate Cole to the bench, and playing up the ability of his stand-ins.
So PA are getting their game together, and these are the names I’ve been given – I’ll add the rest as they arrive:
Leicester v Fleetwood Town Leicester: Jakupovic, Amartey, Dragovic, Benalouane, Fuchs, Mahrez, Iborra, Adrien Silva, Gray, Iheanacho, Slimani. Subs: Vardy, Albrighton, Hamer, Maguire, Okazaki, Ndidi, Barnes. Fleetwood Town: Neal, Jones, Bolger, Pond, Bell, Glendon, Schwabl, Dempsey, Hiwula, McAleny, Hunter. Subs: Coyle, Burns, Grant, Cairns, Sowerby, Cargill, Cole. Referee: Jonathan Moss.
And finally, Reading v Stevenage, which kicks off later than all the other games, at 8pm:
TEAM NEWS | @Chrisgunter16 captains the side on his 250th Reading appearance this evening...Reading: Jaakkola, Gunter (c), Bacuna, Ilori, Blackett, Edwards, Kelly, Clement, Beerens, Aluko, Böðvarsson.Subs: Mannone, Evans, McCleary, Kermorgant, Popa, Andresson, Richards. pic.twitter.com/E49wx2oJvt
TEAM NEWS: Darren Sarll names an unchanged line-up from our draw v @ReadingFC 10 days ago. #RFCvSFC pic.twitter.com/7g7BzQqiBx
And Sheffield Wednesday v Carlisle:
Here is our team news v @officialcufc, in association with @Ladbrokes #swfcLIVE pic.twitter.com/dXYijtKgIY
Your team for tonight's @EmiratesFACup replay against @swfc ⚽ #cufc pic.twitter.com/fzmpLbLDnI
Twitter it is, then. Here are the Mansfield and Cardiff teams:
TEAM NEWS: #Stags make two changes to the side which drew with Cambridge as midfielder @JoelByrom and defender @HaydenWhite7 return to the starting XI in place of Alfie Potter and @AngolLee. pic.twitter.com/JNzOVYB8Ve
STARTING XI | A strong #CardiffCity side for the @EmiratesFACup Third Round replay @mansfieldtownfc! #CityAsOne ⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/ds8kyx8lJH
The Press Association, the original and most reliable source of teamsheetly news, don’t appear to have this down as one of their priorities tonight.
MATCHDAY: The Town side that takes on @WestHamUtd this evening in the @EmiratesFACup replay #salop pic.twitter.com/NHi78DECFR
| The teams are in! Here's how #ftfc line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup fixture at @LCFC... pic.twitter.com/LcyGVTarPo
Team news is rolling in. I’ll collate it all in one place once it has all arrived.
Tonight's starting XI: Jakupović, Amartey, Dragović, Benalouane, Fuchs, Iborra, Silva, Mahrez (c), Gray, Iheanacho, Slimani. Subs: Hamer, Maguire, Ndidi, Albrighton, Barnes, Okazaki, Vardy. #LeiFle pic.twitter.com/gBEpbyVBHv
.@AntonioMtnez_29 is in for his first start. pic.twitter.com/lzdVNaxNuC
Tonight’s FA Cup games, then. You’ll notice that none of the home teams start with a letter that comes before L in the alphabet, while three of the away teams do. Incredible scenes! Also, and not very promisingly, every single one of their first attempts to find a winner ended in a 0-0 draw 10 days ago.
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