Swindon come to Underhill for FA Cup 3rd Round Replay

Last updated : 15 January 2008 By Jaybee

This Tuesday, Barnet return to the FA Cup with a home third round replay against League One side, Swindon Town having drawn 1-1 at the County Ground on the 5th January. A second half, Adam Birchall equaliser gained the Bees the draw which sees Barnet take on higher league opposition for the second time in this campaign. The prize awaiting the winners is a home draw against either Bristol rovers or Premiership club, Fulham on 26th January.

Last season, the two sides met in League Two with both sides winning their home matches. Swindon came from behind to win 2-1 in August after Nicky Bailey had put the Bees ahead and Oliver Allen scored the only goal of the game to help Barnet take all three points in the return at Underhill in February.

The last time that Barnet played on this date was in 2002 when they lost 1-0 at home to Margate in the Nationwide Conference. Playing for Barnet that day was a much younger, Ismail Yakubu!!

Bees' central midfielder, Michael Leary returns to the side after missing the 1-0 win at MK Dons on Saturday through a one match suspension. He will replace Josh Wright who cannot play as he was not registered for the club at the time of the initial match at Swindon. Manager, Paul Fairclough has to decide whether to stick to the 4-5-1 formation that has seen Barnet get solid away draws at Wycombe and Swindon and a fine away win at MK Dons or revert to a more attacking 4-4-2 formation at home, perhaps bringing in Adam Birchall to start instead of Ashley Carew.

Other than that, Barnet's only injury is that of Sagi Burton who is back in training and could be back in the next 2-3 weeks. In his absence, Joe Devera continues at centre back alongside Ismail Yakubu, with Max Porter remaining at right back. Joe O'Ceaurill misses out and will be on the bench. Barnet's new 6 ft 1" signing from Harrow Borough, winger Albert Adomah is cup tied.

Swindon drew 2-2 away at Walsall in League One on Saturday, a result that leaves the Robins 12th in the table. The match at Underhill will see the unveiling of their new manager, Maurice Malpas. Malpas was formerly boss at SPL club, Motherwell who he left in the summer.

Malpas will hope that striker, Lee Peacock is fit. Peacock, who scored 10 goals to help the Robins gain promotion from League Two last season, is suffering from a calf strain, while Barry Corr, who has scored 5 goals this season, misses the cup tie through suspension. However, defenders Hasney Aljofree and Jack Smith are both fit again after injury.