Peschisolido positive despite defeat

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Burton Albion boss Paul Peschisolido is facing another tall order tonight as he takes his overhauled squad to Reading in the Carling Cup.

The Canadian suffered defeat in his first competitive game in charge on Saturday as the Brewers went down 3-1 at Shrewsbury.

With nine players making their debuts, it was always going to be a tough task, and a trip to face Reading on their home turf is even more difficult on paper.

But Peschisolido is going into the game with a positive outlook, recognising the odds are not on his side.

"It's a beautiful stadium with a beautiful pitch, it's another opportunity for the lads to prove themselves and we're going to enjoy it," he said on the Football League website.

"Nobody's doom and gloom (after losing at Shrewsbury). We're all looking forward to Tuesday night and if we get a result, fantastic - but if not we look to Saturday."

Another League Two club up against Championship opposition are Bury, who will host West Brom.

Manager Alan Knill, like Peschisolido, is keeping his expectations for the match in check and focusing on the ways the fixture can help the club in the long term.

"It helps us in terms of more revenue and that's massive for the club when you're on such a tight budget," he said on Sky Sports News.

"There's money coming into the football club and that just makes us stronger.

"It's a chance to pit our wits against better players. They were just in the Premier League, and I watched their game against Newcastle on the weekend when they were pretty good.

"It's a test for us and you have to enjoy the test. We've got some young players who we hope will go on and play at a higher level and this gives them a chance to test themselves."

If any of the League Two clubs in the competition can feel confident, it is Notts County. The big spenders host Doncaster on the back of Saturday's 5-0 thrashing of Bradford.

Other stand-out fixtures include Preston hosting Morecambe in a north-west derby, while QPR face a long trip into the west country to play Exeter.

There is also the unusual event of both Sheffield clubs playing at home on the same night, with United hosting Port Vale and Wednesday entertaining Rochdale.

Norwich must bury the memory of Saturday's 7-1 home mauling against Colchester when they travel to Yeovil.

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