Football: Ferguson will show respect

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Alex Ferguson said Manchester United would "respect" whoever wins the Barnsley v Tottenham replay and then goes to Old Trafford for a tough FA Cup fifth-round tie.

The Premier League champions were given what looks like an easy passage into the quarter-finals but Ferguson knows the home draw was vital for his treble aspirations. "We are delighted to get a home draw but we will respect whichever side comes through," he said.

Harry Redknapp was also happy with a home draw when West Ham were pulled out against Sheffield Wednesday or Blackburn. "I'm delighted to be at home but it's a tough draw. Blackburn and Wednesday are two hard sides," he said. "But you cannot ask for any more than a home game.

The Crystal Palace striker, Bruce Dyer, was equally delighted to have been given an away draw at Arsenal after the Eagles' appalling record at Selhurst Park. Dyer, who hit a hat-trick to send Leicester crashing out of the Cup, said: "Our home form hasn't been the best this year so we've got to be pleased with an away draw.

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