Belfast Telegraph

Spurs handed Doncaster challenge

Tottenham will begin their quest for a third successive appearance in the Carling Cup final with a trip to South Yorkshire for a second-round tie at Doncaster.

Spurs lost 4-1 on penalties against Manchester United at Wembley in March and will be going all out against their Championship opponents as they bid to get their hands back on the trophy they won with a famous win against Chelsea in the 2008 final.

Port Vale have been rewarded for their shock first-round win over Championship side Sheffield United with a tie against the Blades’ Steel City rivals Wednesday, while the big-spending Manchester City open up their account away at Crystal Palace.

City will be regarded as one of the favourites to win the competition because of the sheer size of their squad.

Elsewhere, Huddersfield manager Lee Clark will look forward to a return to the north east against his former club Newcastle, while a spiky tie is in the offing at Upton Park, where West Ham will host Millwall.

Rotherham, conquerors of Derby in round one, will face another Championship outfit in West Brom, while Hereford's reward for knocking out Charlton is a trip to Fratton Park to face Portsmouth.

Other ties involving Barclays Premier League teams will see Leyton Orient playing host to Stoke, Bolton visiting John Barnes' Tranmere, Sunderland making the long trip to Norwich and Hull entertaining Southend at the KC Stadium.

Gillingham will welcome Blackburn to the Priestfield Stadium, Wigan are the visitors to Blackpool, Southampton host Birmingham at St Mary's while Burnley face Hartlepool, who defeated Coventry after extra time last night.

The full draw for the second round of the Carling Cup, ties to be played week commencing August 24: West Brom v Rotherham, Norwich v Sunderland, Tranmere v Bolton, QPR v Accrington, Bristol City v Carlisle, Leyton Orient v Stoke, Port Vale v Sheffield Wednesday, Hull v Southend, Leeds v Watford, Cardiff v Bristol Rovers, Portsmouth v Hereford, Crystal Palace v Manchester City, Wolves v Swindon, Gillingham v Blackburn, Blackpool v Wigan, Southampton v Birmingham, Preston v Leicester, Newcastle v Huddersfield, West Ham v Millwall, Coventry or Hartlepool v Burnley, Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough, Reading v Barnsley, Swansea v Scunthorpe, Doncaster v Tottenham, Peterborough v Ipswich.

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