Cobblers defender Turnbull hopes for the incentive of taking on a Premier League giant in the last 16

Jordan Turnbull knows the Cobblers face a massive task in getting past Derby County in next week's FA Cup replay - but that isn't stopping him dreaming of what might lie ahead in the next round.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 2:04 pm
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 2:05 pm
There were some early birds queuing up to get their FA Cup replay tickets at the PTS Academy Stadium this lunchtime. The Cobblers have been allocated more than 5,000 tickets for the match at Pride Park (Picture: Pete Norton)

Town go into the draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time since 1970 on Monday night, when they and Derby will discover who the winners of the fourth round replay at Pride Park will face in the last 16.

The two sides drew 0-0 at the PTS Academy Stadium on Friday night to set up the replay, and if the Cobblers were to win that second game, then it would only be the fourth time in the club's long history that they have reached that stage.

The most recent occasion they did so was back in 1970 when George Best scored six in Manchester United's infamous 8-2 win at the County Ground, and as a Red Devils fan, Turnbull, when asked who he would like to draw in round five, admitted he wouldn't mind a rematch!

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"If we can get past Derby, then it would be great to draw Manchester United," said the former Swindon Town man. "Or anybody else from the Premier League."

But would he prefer a glamorous away day, or, as the last 16 will be played midweek for the first time this season, another big night under the PTS lights?

"Friday night was fantastic, and we would take our chances against the majority of teams here with that crowd behind us," he said.

"But to play against a big Premier League side away would be brilliant as well, for the fans and for us players."

Friday night was certainly a memorable one for everybody concerned with the Cobblers, praised the home supporters for their backing against the Sky Bet Championship Rams.

"You could feel the atmosphere, it was brilliant, and with the TV cameras here as well it was a really big occasion," said Turnbull.

"I think as players we tried to block that out as much as we could during the game, but of course you could feel the atmosphere and the fans were brilliant throughout."

The fifth round draw takes place during The One Show on BBC1 on Monday night, with the programme starting at 7pm.

Derby and the Cobblers are ball number six in the hat, and they join 11 Premier League clubs in the draw, including Liverpool, who face a replay against Shrewsbury Town, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.

The draw will be made by former England internationals and FA Cup winners Teddy Sheringham and Glen Johnson, and is scheduled to start at 7.19pm.

Meanwhile, tickets have already gone on sale for next week's replay at Derby, which has a provisional date of Tuesday, February 4.

That date has yet to be confirmed, as the TV companies have yet to decide which games they are going to show as live broadcasts.

The Cobblers have been allocated 5,303 tickets for this fixture, and they are priced as follows: Adult £15; Senior (aged 65+) £10; Young adult (18-21) £10; Youth (13-17) £5; Child (2-12) FREE.

Any child aged 13 and under must be accompanied by someone aged 18 or above and children aged under two years will not be permitted entry to the stadium.