'Blackpool bigger than Chelsea'

CHRIS LAKEY Peter Grant is refusing to get carried away after Norwich City were handed a possible glamour trip to Premiership champions Chelsea in Monday's FA Cup draw.

CHRIS LAKEY

Peter Grant is refusing to get carried away after Norwich City were handed a possible glamour trip to Premiership champions Chelsea in Monday's FA Cup draw.

The Canaries boss didn't even watch the draw - insisting that nothing is set in stone until after the fourth round replay with Blackpool at Carrow Road on February 13.

“No, I didn't watch the draw because that doesn't concern me yet,” said Grant, whose team were held to a 1-1 draw at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.


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“If we were already through to round five then that would be different. But we know we need to get Blackpool out of the way first, that's my only concern.

“It's the sort of draw which might give added motivation to everyone else, but for us we've already got that because we've got a tough match against Blackpool and it's a case of doing a job against them first.

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“We've got a home match against Blackpool to come. In the meantime I'm concentrating on getting results in the league, and then it's Blackpool. Only after then can we look further.”

Should the Canaries get past Blackpool, it will give them just four days to prepare for the visit to Stamford Bridge and Jose Mourinho's multi-million pound squad - but it could be a money-spinner.

Norwich pocketed £150,000 from the BBC when their third round clash at Tamworth was shown live - and whoever earns the right to take on Chelsea will pocket £60,000 in winnings plus £260,000 should Sky or BBC decide to put them in the living rooms of the nation.

The bookmakers are now making Chelsea favourites to go all the way to Wembley to win a trophy they last held seven years ago - and history is on their side. City have never beaten Chelsea in the FA Cup in five meetings - while Chelsea won the only FA Cup meeting with Blackpool back in the 71-72 season.

The last time City played Chelsea in the Cup was in 2002 when Chelsea won a replay 4-0 - a match famous for Gianfranco Zola's brilliant back-heel goal - after a goalless draw at Carrow Road.

t The Canaries face Blackpool in a replay at Carrow Road on Tuesday, February 13, with the fifth round ties to be played on the weekend of February 17-18. Tickets are on sale to City season ticket-holders and members for the replay against Blackpool, at one per supporter. Season ticket seats are reserved until close of business on Monday, February 5. Any remaining tickets will be on general sale from Tuesday, February 6. Prices range from £22 in the Castle and Cathedral lounges to £5 for under-12s in some sections of the ground.

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