David Wagner has welcomed Huddersfield Town’s presence in the draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup – even if it means a midweek trip to Reading ahead of the key Championship game at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday week.

Town will take on the Royals in a third-round replay at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday, January 19 after an eventful 2-2 draw at the John Smith’s.

Nahki Wells’ stoppage-time penalty kept Wagner’s side in the competition and provided a big interest in the Monday-night draw live on BBC1 at 7.15.

Fans will be looking out for ball number 29 to see who the winners of the replay will face.

Town, who have a Tuesday-night home league clash with Charlton Athletic ahead of Saturday’s visit of Fulham, will then face the 400-mile round trip to Reading and 500-mile round trip to Brighton.

But head coach Wagner smiled: “I have told the players a match is better than training!

“Yes, it will be a busy week with two long trips, but playing away is part of football and replays are part of cup competitions.

“We would far rather still be in the cup and have a replay than be out of it, and we will find good ways of travel management to ensure the players are as fresh as possible.”

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It was Wagner’s first taste of FA Cup football, and he added: “I enjoyed it.

“It was the first time we have been able to play without the pressure of the table and I was happy about most of the performance.”

The German wouldn’t be drawn into speculating about the draw, saying: “We have to win at Reading, and before that, we have big games against Charlton and Fulham, and they are my focus at the moment.”