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Croft's dream draw

18 February 2013

Lee looks forward to potential tie against home-town team

A potential clash of the two Latics - Oldham and Wigan - in the quarter finals of the FA Cup with Budweiser would be a dream for Lee Croft.

It would see the 27-year-old winger play against his home-town team.

"My parents still live in Wigan as do family and friends, many of who support Wigan Athletic, so it would be a great tie for me," he explained.

Croft (pictured) admitted it will be "tough" to reach the last eight given they first have a fifth-round replay at Everton who were held to a 2-2 draw at Boundary Park on Saturday.

He said: "Should we get past Everton, I think we would have a great chance to beat Wigan and reach the semi finals at Wembley.

"I watched Wigan's 4-1 win yesterday at Huddersfield. And while they produced a good performance, they didn't look as strong as Everton or Liverpool who we have played."

Croft added he found Everton far tougher opponents than Liverpool and it was a "great team performance" to force a replay.

He continued: "Everton showed us a lot of respect with the team they played.

"David Moyes watched us against MK Dons and we did justice to the respect he showed us."

Croft, who recently had his contract cancelled by Derby County, has since signed for Latics until the end of the season.

He said: "I am glad I am here. I am settled and enjoying my football.

"If things continue to go well, who knows what might happen? We have a great set of lads and I am sure we are moving in the right direction."

Croft, who earlier in his career helped City reach the semi finals of the FA Cup, describes Latics' cup run as one of the highlights of his career.

"It is a great achievement for the lads and for the club to have gone so far," he explained.

Croft added that he has been working hard on his fitness and that it has reaped dividends with man-of-the-match displays against MK Dons and Everton.

"I was up against Leighton Baines, the best left back in England, and enjoyed the challenge of taking him on," he said.

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