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Clem on draw

Posted on 29 January 2001  - 12:00

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Stephen Clemence refuses to think about what looks, on paper, a great chance to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

We were handed a home tie against First Division outfit Stockport County in Sunday’s fifth round draw — but first of all we’ve a small matter of a derby against Charlton to overcome in round four.

We travel to The Valley on Wednesday week, February 7, after Charlton beat brave non-leaguers Dagenham & Redbridge in Saturday’s third round replay.

Midfielder Clemence said: "To be honest I tried not to take too much notice of the fifth round draw. All we can do is concentrate on Charlton.

"The Valley is a tough place to go and they’ve already beaten us there this season although we should have got something from that game.

"It will be difficult and it will be strange playing them twice in four days (we play them in the league on February 3) but we’re looking forward to it."

Clemence is realistic enough to see the FA Cup as our best chance of making European football next season.

"We want to push on in the league but this could be our only way into Europe so it’s very, very important to us," he said.

"It will be difficult to win it and there are some tough teams still in it but I’m sure a lot of people will have been lifted by United going out against West Ham."

The Hammers are our next opponents in the Premiership on Wednesday and Clemence added: "It was a great result for them but hopefully it will have tired them out a bit."

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