League Cup: Rotherham rewarded for Sheffield Wednesday triumph with second round trip to Aston Villa
Former champions Liverpool will face Notts County after they enter the competition at the second round having missed out on Europe
Thursday 08 August 2013
Rotherham manager Steve Evans is relishing the opportunity to pit his wits against fellow Scotsman Paul Lambert when the Millers visit Aston Villa in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
The Sky Bet League One club earned the chance to tackle Premier League opposition by beating South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday at home in the first round, and Evans feels the Millers faithful have been justly rewarded for cheering their side to victory at the New York Stadium.
Lambert's Villa reached the semi-finals of the League Cup last season but feisty Glaswegian Evans is not daunted, saying: "It is a fantastic draw for the club.
"We really wanted a Premier League side and that is just what we have got. Aston Villa are a great club, which is steeped in history and I am looking forward to seeing a man I know very well, fellow Glaswegian Paul Lambert.
"It is a few weeks away but I am sure it is a game that the fans are looking forward to, and I am sure that whatever the result it will be a great night for them.
"What I do know for certain is that whatever the ticket allocation is, the Millers fans will travel in big numbers and make plenty of noise."
Liverpool, meanwhile, play host to the oldest football club in the world, Notts County, in the week commencing August 26 while city rivals Everton welcome Stevenage.
The Reds lifted the cup last year but, after failing to qualify for Europe this season, they must begin their campaign against third-tier County while West Brom host League Two newcomers Newport.
Premier League newcomers Cardiff - runners-up at Wembley in 2012 - face a trip to Accrington after James Beattie's side stunned Middlesbrough in the first round.
West Ham welcome Cheltenham to Upton Park while Alan Pardew's Newcastle cross the country to meet Morecambe as Fulham venture to Burton.
Top-flight contenders Sunderland, Norwich and Stoke have respective home games against MK Dons, Bury and Walsall but Southampton must travel north to Barnsley as Crystal Palace go west to Bristol City.
Hull are in London to tackle Leyton Orient while recently-relegated QPR entertain Swindon at Loftus Road and Reading visit Peterborough.
There are local derbies at Doncaster and Burnley, with Leeds and Preston looking for the white and red rose bragging rights, and 2011 winners Birmingham take on Yeovil in Somerset.
The remaining second-round ties see Carlisle host Leicester after their penalty shoot-out victory over Blackburn, Nottingham Forest welcome Millwall, Charlton visit Huddersfield and Tranmere entertain Bolton while Brentford face Derby at Pride Park.
There is an all-Championship meeting at Watford when Bournemouth come to town.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and current holders Swansea enter at the third-round stage due to their participation in Europe, together with FA Cup winners Wigan who are about to embark on a Europa League campaign despite their relegation from the Premier League.
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