The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND -

THERE’S a big gap be­tween the sides in the Foot­ball League lad­der, but it wasn’t clear on this per­for­mance.

The Rams, with £3.75mil­lion of new at­tack­ing tal­ent on show, weren’t streets ahead of Pools at all and a re­play looked likely.

Pools’ goal was the best move of the game and they were de­serv­ing of their lead, but with Dar­ren Bent on the field there’s al­ways a chance.

This game was a thor­oughly en­ter­tain­ing and com­pet­i­tive Cup tie.

Both sides have dif­fer­ent am­bi­tions this sea­son – the Rams want pro­mo­tion to the Premier League, and on this ev­i­dence Pools will clear any League Two trou­ble.

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