Boro avoid big-guns

Last updated : 21 February 2006 By Reggie Holdsworth
However, Boro were rewarded for their battling victory at Preston with another tricky away tie at Charlton. That's Boro's fourth away trip in the competition this season.

The two clubs will meet at The Valley twice within a fortnight as Boro travel to the capital for a Premier League game on Saturday 11th March and then return for the midweek FA Cup tie on 20th, 21st, 22nd or 23rd of March.

Should Boro progress to the last 16 of the UEFA Cup they could play on Thursday 16th March so the visit of Blackburn to the Riverside will be moved to Sunday 19th March. With Boro at Bolton on Sunday 26th March I would hope we can play on Wednesday 22nd or Thursday 27th, but you can bet that the men in suits at Soho Square will do us no favours.

Full draw:
Charlton v Boro
Aston Villa or Manchester City v West Ham or Bolton
Chelsea v Newcastle
Birmingham v Liverpool