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Posted on 17 January 2007  - 12:00

Danny Murphy hopes home advantage will be made to count when Cardiff arrive at the Lane tonight for the FA Cup 3rd round replay.

Danny Murphy hopes home advantage will be made to count when Cardiff arrive at the Lane tonight for the FA Cup 3rd round replay.The prize for the winners is a home draw against Southend - 2-0 victors over Barnsley last night - on January 27 but Danny, who started the goalless draw at Ninian Park ten days ago believes the outcome of that fixture was a decent result given the fact that a number of Premiership sides had already exited the competition.

"They did well considering they hadn't won for while in their own league, they kept us down a just a few chances and made a couple of their own," reasoned Danny. "I never really thought we were that uncomfortable in the game, I saw a few of the other results in the third round and the result wasn't a bad one for us. The way we tend to perform at home - other than a couple of recent blips - is favourable for us.

"It is the type of game people will expect us to win. The first game was typical of the FA Cup third round, I watched all of the games on Match of the Day and there was some tricky ties for the Premiership clubs but, as I said, we will be favourites with being at home now and looking to progress to the next round where there is another favourable draw.

"What more can you ask for? A home game against a team from outside the top flight," added Danny, who knows the dangers of looking too far ahead as it can go horribly wrong as it did once in a replay during his time at Liverpool.

"It can, we lost to Crystal Palace at home so it can happen and you have to be careful and look at one game at a time. Our cup form though has been really good this year, in Europe, the semi-final of the Carling Cup and still in this competition.

"We are well aware of what's needed on the night, the fans will be out in force as usual and I would imagine Cardiff will bring a good few thousand. It should be a good night, a great atmosphere and I am looking forward to the game because it was noisy up at their place and I think it will be the same here."