Matt Taylor is hoping for a draw against a Premier League club – ideally Manchester United – or against one of the weaker teams in Monday’s FA Cup Third Round draw.
The Grecians booked their spot in Round 3 for only the third time in 15 seasons after they knocked out League One Gillingham on Saturday.
Goals from Nicky Law, and two from Joel Randall saw City turnaround an early deficit to go 3-1 up, and despite some late nerves when Dominic Samuel scored with ten minutes to go, they held on to put their name in the hat.
City last reached round 3 in 2018, when they were beaten 2-0 at home to Premier League West Bromwich Albion, while 2016 saw them beaten 3-0 by Liverpool in a replay after a 2-2 draw at St James Park.
In 2005, City famously as ball 64 were drawn away and then drew 0-0 at Old Trafford, before losing the replay 2-0, while in 2000 they faced Everton and 1994 Aston Villa.
You have to go back to 1992 – before the Premier League began – for the last time that City having reached round three were not drawn against top flight opposition – losing 2-1 at home to second tier Portsmouth, and Taylor said that if City don’t get a big team for financial reasons, he wants a winnable tie instead.
“Let’s see what we get as we can’t control that,” Taylor said. “But we’d love to be drawn against a big club for financial reasons – I’d love Man Utd – or if not that, then a tie that gives us a chance of progressing to the fourth round.”
Randall, whose double helped City reach round three, said that a Premier League team away was his preference as the players would deserve the chance to test themselves against the best.