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Crawley boss Evans eyes dream night at the Theatre

Jamie Holland

Published 31/01/2011 | 05:00

Crawley manager Steve Evans is dreaming of a miracle after his non-league team were given a trip to Old Trafford in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

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Yesterday's draw paired Premier League leaders Manchester United with the Blue Square Premier side, who have knocked out Swindon, Derby and Torquay on their way to the last 16.

"It (getting paired with United) was just a surreal moment," Evans said. "We got the tie that everyone wants. I suppose if you are Arsene Wenger or Alex McLeish you don't want that draw -- but we did.

"We will approach the tie in a really positive nature. The only non-league club capable of beating Manchester United is Crawley Town as we stand today... miracles do happen."

Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn was another happy man, after his League One side were given a home draw against Arsenal.

"We're in danger of breaking even -- I don't know what's happening these days with football!" Hearn said. "But the money is secondary. I've been chairman for nearly 16 years and we've never had anything like this. It's going to be a fabulous day out. I love the FA Cup."

Hearn insists the visit of Arsenal is more significant to him than a clash against neighbours West Ham would be.

"We (Orient and West Ham) are two teams from the East End -- we know each other too well. It's great to bring Arsenal down from north London -- they're a massive team with world-class players.

"A little club like Leyton Orient need a reward every now and again. It's one of the reasons you support a small team."

FA Cup fifth round draw

West Ham v Burnley

Notts Co/Man City v Aston Villa

Stoke City v Brighton

Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday

Leyton Orient v Arsenal

Everton or Chelsea v Reading

Manchester United v Crawley Town

Fulham v Bolton/Wigan

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