Newcastle Get Good Draw In League Cup

This is the season that Newcastle will try to win one of the English Cups, and since the League Cup seems to be easier one to win than the FA Cup, that’s the main one we will be going for this season.

We’ve been helped by what looks like a fairly easy draw in the second round, when we have been drawn at home to League Two side Northamtpon Town.

Capital One Cup logo

Of course we have just signed the Northampton striker – 19 year-old Ivan Toney, so he may be even given a run out that night, but we have to play a strong enough side to ensure we win that game.

The Cobblers beat Blackpool 3-0 in the first round and Steve McClaren has already won this competition before with Middlesbrough in 2004,  when they beat Bolton 2-1 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, and it’s
the only trophy Middlesbrough have ever won.

We had a decent run last season in the competition when we beat Man City 2-0 for the only time at the Etihad Stadium, and we were eventually hammered 4-0 by Spurs in the quarter finals at White Hart Lane.

We need to do better than that this season.

Here are the second-round ties, to be played the week beginning 24 August:

Aston Villa v Notts County
Walsall v Brighton
Crystal Palace v Shrewsbury
Sheffield Wednesday v Oxford
Portsmouth v Reading
Hartlepool v Bournemouth
Fulham v Sheffield United
MK Dons v Cardiff
Hull City v Rochdale
Sunderland v Exeter
Bury v Leicester City
Doncaster v Ipswich
Rotherham v Norwich City
Swansea City v York
QPR v Carlisle
Barnsley v Everton
Peterborough v Charlton
Birmingham v Gillingham
Newcastle United v Northampton
West Brom v Port Vale
Wolves v Barnet
Burton v Middlesbrough
Luton v Stoke City
Preston v Watford

Comments welcome.