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Glenn Roeder's relegation fight resumes this morning - and not even his first involvement in the FA Cup as Norwich City manager is likely to throw him off course.

By CHRIS LAKEY

Glenn Roeder's relegation fight resumes this morning - and not even his first involvement in the FA Cup as Norwich City manager is likely to throw him off course.

The Canaries were yesterday handed a home draw against League Two Bury in the third round of the most oldest knockout competition.

And while City may have missed out on one of the Premier League big-boys, it was just what the City manager ordered - a home tie against a team they will be expected to beat. Bury are mid-table in League Two and haven't been to Carrow Road since a goalless draw on September 13, 1998 - in the old First Division.

But it will be straight back to the drawing board this morning as Roeder uses the positives from Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Stoke to plot a revenge mission against Plymouth tomorrow evening.

After two wins on the bounce the Canaries were brought back down to earth in the cruellest of fashions on Saturday, a goal a minute from time ending their hopes of getting off the bottom of the Championship.

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But Roeder says his plans are still on course.

“Absolutely,” he said. “This was a much improved performance to what we had against Plymouth and I am looking forward to playing Plymouth on Tuesday night at home so quickly after losing to them 3-0.

“The three performances since we were very poor against Plymouth have been hugely improved and I include an improvement in today's performance.

“We have lost the game, yes, but as a manger and as a coach you have to look deeper than just the result, you have to look at the performance, because if you get the performance right often enough you will get the result, more often than not, that you want.

“Some days you won't. Today we didn't take a point and I think we should have.”

(.) Ipswich have a home tie against Premier League Portsmouth, while Peterborough travel to Colchester.

Tie of the round is arguably champions Manchester United's trip to in-form Aston Villa. Conference side Cambridge United were drawn away to Wolves, but the other non-league teams left in the competition didn't fare as well. Conference South side Havant & Waterlooville's reward for winning at Notts County on Saturday was a trip to the winners of the Horsham v Swansea replay. If Oxford United beat Southend they are at home to Dagenham and Redbridge, while Nigel Clough's Burton Albion will go to Swindon if they overcome Barnet.