Leeds United: Eastleigh boss Todd proud at possibility of Leeds United FA Cup tie

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Eastleigh can take pride in simply being mentioned in the same breath as Leeds United, according to manager Chris Todd, after the non-league club were handed an “incredible” potential pairing in the FA Cup.

Saturday’s 1-1 third-round draw with Bolton at Ten Acres earned Vanarama National League side Eastleigh the right to replay the Trotters in Lancashire and, should they progress from there, a home meeting with 1972 winners Leeds awaits.

Welsh boss Todd is fully focused on beating Bolton next week but cannot conceal his excitement at the prospect of tackling Steve Evans’ Whites on the south coast.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “It’s a great tie. It’s unbelievable for teams like Leeds and Bolton to be mentioned in the same breath as Eastleigh... that’s a massive achievement.

“We’ve got a massive tie against Bolton and we know we’re going to have to perform very, very highly to try and get through that. It’s going to be very difficult.

“It’s not about responsibility... it’s more about pride. We’ve done extremely well to get where we are and we’re very excited to have that challenge in front of us, against Bolton, and then the prize that we could achieve of playing Leeds at home which would be incredible really.

“Anything is possible. We’re full of confidence, we know it’s going to be difficult at their home ground but we’ve got nothing to lose.”

Northampton’s reward if they can get past MK Dons in a replay will be a visit from Chelsea while cup holders Arsenal must entertain Burnley.

Chelsea are not the only Barclays Premier League giant taking to the road as Manchester United were sent to Derby with Manchester City told to pitch up at either Sky Bet League Two club Wycombe or Aston Villa, who drew 1-1 on Saturday.

Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw by Exeter and the winner of that replay will entertain West Ham.

Harry Kane’s late penalty kept Tottenham in the competition and if Spurs can do the business against Leicester in their replay, a journey to Colchester awaits.

Crystal Palace tackle Stoke in a rare all-Premier League tie while Oxford, who knocked Swansea out on Sunday, must wait to discover if they will host their League Two rivals Newport, or Blackburn.

If West Brom manage to get past Bristol City they will welcome Peterborough, Everton are tasked with visiting either Carlisle or Yeovil from the fourth tier and Watford travel north to Nottingham Forest.

Bournemouth complete the top-flight contingent and could enjoy a short trip to Fratton Park if Portsmouth can overcome Ipswich.

Other ties see Huddersfield or Reading hosting Walsall, Shrewsbury entertaining Sheffield Wednesday and Hull going west to either Bury or Bradford.

The fourth-round fixtures will be played between January 29 and February 1.

Fourth-round draw in full:

West Brom/Bristol City v Peterborough

Eastleigh/Bolton v Leeds

Arsenal v Burnley

Derby v Manchester United

Huddersfield/Reading v Walsall

Exeter/Liverpool v West Ham

Wycombe/Aston Villa v Manchester City

Shrewsbury v Sheffield Wednesday

Nottingham Forest v Watford

Carlisle/Yeovil v Everton

Crystal Palace v Stoke

Oxford v Newport County/Blackburn

Ipswich/Portsmouth v Bournemouth

Colchester v Tottenham/Leicester

Bury/Bradford v Hull

Northampton/MK Dons v Chelsea

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