FA Cup draw disappoints Latics boss

Oldham boss John Sheridan admits he was disappointed to be drawn against Huddersfield and Latics legend Andy Ritchie in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Oldham boss John Sheridan admits he was disappointed to be drawn against Huddersfield and Latics legend Andy Ritchie in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Sheridan saw his side produce one of the shocks of the third round as they beat Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday.

But any hopes of being pitted against another Premier League giant were extinguished when they were handed a home tie against Coca-Cola League One rivals Huddersfield, who are now managed by Ritchie – a star of the club’s run to the semi-finals in 1990.

The Terriers also saw off top-flight opposition in the shape of Birmingham, and Sheridan believes his former Leeds team-mate will be equally disappointed with the draw.

“I’m a good friend of Andy and I’m sure he’ll be disappointed. It’ll be a full house and a game we both think we can win,” he told Sky Sports News.

“I heard Andy on the radio this morning saying he didn’t want to draw us. We wanted to avoid each other and go as far as possible.

“It’s done now and it’s a good game for us. It’ll be a full house, a great atmosphere and a game I think we can win.

“We’ll both be looking to get a result to get into the next round and hopefully get a big boy.

“We’re still on a high (after the Everton game). It was a great result, a great effort and you can see the excitement around the club.”

Oldham chief executive Alan Hardy told BBC Radio Five Live: “We are having a decent time – we are still on a high after the weekend result against Everton.

“It was a terrific goal by Gary McDonald. He will go down in history now at Oldham Athletic.

“It will be a good game. It is a Lancashire-Yorkshire derby, they are only 17 miles up the road. They will bring a lot of fans.

“Huddersfield are managed by one of our best ever players in Andy Ritchie. I know he will want to put one over us.

“There will be a lot of interest in the game and I am hopeful of a near-capacity crowd at Boundary Park.”

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