CITY and Watford will meet again next Tuesday after the two teams played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.
The reward for victory in next week’s replay could be a lucrative tie against Premier League giants Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, providing they overcome Championship side Blackburn Rovers in a replay of their own.
Hopefully this is the year we finally get to go to a big club and it would be all the more fitting as we come up to the 20th anniversary of City’s famous 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup at Anfield back in 1994.
But first City will have to get past Watford and both teams certainly looked evenly matched based on Saturday’s game. We put in a good performance but perhaps what was most pleasing was the character shown in coming back so quickly after going a goal down late on.
It would have been easy for our heads to drop but instead the players went for the jugular and youngster Wes Burns was instrumental in laying the ball on a plate for star player Jay Emmanuel-Thomas to strike home from six yards within a minute of Watford taking the lead.
Although a cup run would be great for the fans and the club’s coffers, our priority at the moment has to be getting points on the board in the league to get ourselves away from the dreaded relegation zone.
This Saturday (3pm) City travel to Valley Parade to face Bradford City. We drew 2-2 with the Bantams on the opening day of the season but now the Yorkshire club find themselves on a horrendous run of just one win in their last 14 games.
City have bolstered their ranks this week with the permanent signing of Karleigh Osborne from Millwall on a two-and-a-half-year contract and Tyrone Barnett has also joined on loan until the end of the season.
Osborne has been on loan since November and has impressed. Barnett is a 6ft 3in striker who should provide physical presence up front and be a good foil for Sam Baldock.