Have extra time after draws – Queiroz

Manchester united assistant boss Carlos Queiroz has called for extra-time to be played in all drawn FA Cup ties.

Manchester united assistant boss Carlos Queiroz has called for extra-time to be played in all drawn FA Cup ties.

On a weekend when United and Arsenal have found themselves forced to cram in an additional fixture in an already congested programme after stalemates with Reading and Blackburn respectively, Gunners chief Arsene Wenger called for replays to be scrapped.

While Sir Alex Ferguson can see Wenger's point, he does not think such a move would be possible because every club except those with European commitments is happy to continue with the present situation.

But, given extra-time is played if the scores are level after 90 minutes in replays, Queiroz does not see why the same situation should not apply in the first game. "It is part of the rules to have replays but I think there should be extra-time in the first match," he said.

"Why do we have to finish after 90 minutes in the first game when the second one goes to extra time?

"You cannot change the rules once the competition has started but maybe it is something that could be looked at."

Shaun Wright-Phillips insists he has found his feet at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea prepare for the most important week of the season so far.

The England winger helped Jose Mourinho's side get off to a perfect start by scoring the first goal in their 4-0 demolition of Championship side Norwich City on Saturday. His 38th-minute swerving drive put Chelsea in control before Didier Drogba (51) and goals in stoppage time from substitutes Michael Essien and Andriy Shevchenko earned them a place in the quarter-final.

Wright-Phillips was the subject of intense speculation about his future during last month's transfer window, with interest from both West Ham and his former club Manchester City.

But he is determined to realise all his ambitions with Chelsea and, with their Champions League clash with Porto on Wednesday followed by the Carling Cup final against Arsenal on Sunday, he has every chance.

Wright-Phillips declared: "I've settled in. I didn't think it would have taken me this long but it has."

Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd has warned that any player caught daydreaming of Wembley glory will end up thinking of what might have been in the stands. The Hornets are in the last eight for this first time since 2003, when they were beaten semi-finalists, thanks to a 1-0 win over Ipswich clinched by Damien Francis' late strike.

Today's lunchtime draw could pair the Premiership's bottom club with Manchester United or Chelsea or even outsiders Plymouth - the club they beat to reach the final in 1984.

But, with vital league games coming up - starting with the visit of fellow strugglers Wigan on Wednesday - Boothroyd knows everyone at Vicarage Road must concentrate on nothing but Premiership survival.

He said: "What I am thinking about is the last 12 - the last 12 Premiership games - not the last eight. When we have an FA Cup game we will think about the quarter-final, if we get through that then the semi and so on. Winning our next game, that's our focus."

Plymouth manager Ian Holloway is desperate for a home tie in today's draw because `no-one wants to play us down there'.

And he is determined to turn Home Park into a fortress after the Pilgrims progressed to the last eight for the first time in 23 years by beating Championship leaders Derby County 2-0 at Home Park on Saturday.

Holloway admitted: "That was our best performance of the season.

"My players gave it everything and these fans down here deserve something. They have had a long wait.

"I felt everything favoured us, the conditions, the crowd got behind us, we never let Derby settle - we unsettled them - and for once we got the rub of the green."


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