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Alan Hardy eager for FA Cup fourth-round draw away at Premier League giant

Joe Jones

Alan Hardy would love to see Notts County get a Premier League top-six team away from home in tonight's FA Cup fourth-round draw.

The Magpies stunned Championship side Brentford at Griffin Park in the third round, Jon Stead's superb curled effort the difference in a 1-0 away win.

Hardy described the victory and the subsequent euphoria as his best result as chairman and looked forward to seeing what the next round would bring.

“This win was right at the top for all sorts of reasons, in terms of the drama, the excitement, the nerve-wracking moments and how tense it was,” he told the Nottingham Post.

“It was unbelievable and I was breathless. It felt like somebody had punched me in the stomach.

“It’s the most memorable result of my time as chairman and it was the biggest game we have had since I came into the club.

“To come to Brentford, a Championship club, and return home with a win was just phenomenal. The players were absolutely sensational – every one of them. It’s unfair to pick anybody out.”

When asked about who he'd like in the fourth round, Hardy replied: “Any of the Premier League top six away from home would be my dream tie.

“It would be nice to give the fans a brilliant day out and it would also give us much-needed pennies in the jar.

“The club has changed phenomenally since we came in and this is just another giant step forward in terms of its development and progress.

“And it would be nice if we could have that rewarded with a fantastic tie in the fourth round.”

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