TONY PULIS is anticipating an 'incredibly tough' FA Cup Third Round encounter against nPower Championship highfliers Crystal Palace . . . after Sunday's draw handed the Potters a trip to Selhurst Park.
The City boss, who was hoping for a tie at the Britannia Stadium having overseen the Club's last four fixtures in the competition away from home, believes that the Eagles will provide his side with a thorough
examination when they lock horns in January.
Managed by long-time friend of Pulis, Ian Holloway, the Londoners have enjoyed a superb start to the 2012/13 campaign having wracked up 40 points from their opening 20 league games, enough to see them
currently occupy an automatic promotion spot.
"Once you step outside of the Premier League, it doesn't get any more difficult than drawing one of the top teams in the Championship away," Pulis said.
"I am sure they will be up for it, and their fans too, and we have to go there and be ready for whatever is thrown at us.
"The Premier League will always be the most important thing for us, of course, but we've also shown in recent years how seriously we have taken and respected the FA Cup.
"In the last three years we've reached a Final and been beaten in the quarter-finals at Chelsea and Liverpool.
"We'd love another crack at such a great competition again, but the draw has obviously made it an extremely difficult first hurdle to get over."
The Club will announce further informational about this encounter in due course.