Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton happy with FA Cup draw

Dider Drogba tucks in the free-kick
Didier Drogba scores the only goal against Pompey in the 2010 FA Cup final

Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton has expressed his delight at being drawn away to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the third round of the FA Cup.

"It's a fantastic tie," said Appleton. "It's a great chance for the fans to have a day out at Stamford Bridge.

"For the players it's an opportunity to pit their wits against a side who have done really well in the Cup recently," the Pompey boss told BBC Radio Solent.

"They'd had some bad results there of late but look like they might have turned it around after their super result at Newcastle on Saturday.

"There's a few games to go between now and then, so they'll be looking to build on that."

The former West Bromwich Albion coach celebrated his first win as Portsmouth boss with Saturday's 2-1 success over Coventry City.

That followed a difficult week on the south coast, during which the club's owners, Convers Sport Inititiatives, went into administration and owner Vladimir Antonov stepped down.

"There's a lot gone on off the field and it's disappointing, so it does make the win that bit more special," added Appleton.

"But we're just concentrating on the football side of things. And obviously it feels fantastic.

"To win any game is a great feeling, but your first win is even better."

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