FRANKIE Bunn’s hopes of a Premier League tie have been answered, with Latics handed an FA Cup third-round date at Fulham.

After watching his side avoid an upset at Maidstone United, the Oldham boss made no secret of his desire to pit his wits against one of the top-flight’s giants.

And, although there is to be no trip to Old Trafford or Anfield for Latics in this round, the club will still benefit from a decent pay-day when they face a Fulham team that, ahead of taking on Leicester City last night, was propping up the rest of the Premier League.

The West Londoners are now managed by Claudio Ranieri, following Slavisa Jokanovic’s sacking last month.

Although trying to stay in the Premier League is their clear priority for this season they will still pose difficult opponents for Bunn’s side, who were scheduled to face a far more straightforward task last night in a Checkatrade Trophy match at Rochdale, though a waterlogged pitch meant the game was postponed yesterday afternoon.

“This is the type of place where you could get an upset,” said goalscorer Chris O’Grady following Saturday’s 2-0 cup win at Maidstone, a victory that made it six games unbeaten for Oldham.

“We did a good job in the first half to get ahead; second half we did really well to ride out the onslaught.

“There were a lot of long balls into our box but the game went according to plan.

“I think it’s the perfect sort of performance.

“Any chance I get to play I want to contribute to the team – if we’d have won and I didn’t score I wouldn’t have been bothered.”

The Fulham tie will be played on the weekend of January 4-7, almost 20 years since the two sides last faced each other in a Division Two fixture and 36 years since the teams’ only previous FA Cup clash, a 2-0 win for the Cottagers at Boundary Park.