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Capital One Cup Round 1 draw reaction

17 June 2014

Following the Capital One Cup Round 1 draw earlier today, managers up and down the country have been assessing their club's tie

One of the fixtures that immediately jumped out takes place at stadiummk, where Milton Keynes Dons host AFC Wimbledon. The two teams have only met once before, in an FA Cup tie in December 2012, when MK Dons won 2-1.

Reflecting on a second meeting of the teams, MK Dons boss Karl Robinson said: “I understand what it means to both sets of fans and I'm looking forward to the tie.

“I know there will be hype around the game, but we'll be treating it as any other. The way both clubs conducted themselves two years ago was commendable and I hope it will be the same again this time around.”

There were plenty of other derbies drawn out of the hat to kick-off the 2014/15 Capital One Cup, including Bolton Wanderers' fixture against Bury and Stevenage's match at home to Watford.

The Trotters and the Shakers last met in 2002, while Hertfordshire clubs Stevenage and Watford have never met each other before.

The latter two will clash at the Lamex Stadium in the week commencing 11th August, and Boro boss Graham Westley said: “To draw a local club in a derby fixture is terrific for club finances and to draw a Championship club with such a strong team is a great opportunity for our players to prove themselves.

“We beat Ipswich at home at this stage last season and we will be a stronger team this year, so of course we have a winning chance.”

That match is one of 14 ties to pit a Sky Bet Championship side against one from Sky Bet League 2. Another of those is Nottingham Forest at home to Tranmere Rovers.

Rob Edwards, who was appointed Rovers boss in May, will be managing in the competition for the first time.

He told the club's website: “I think it's a really good draw. They're one of the biggest teams in the Championship so it's a tough tie. Hopefully we will get a big crowd at Prenton Park.”

Competing in the Capital One Cup for the this year are Luton Town and Cambridge United following their promotion from the Conference Premier last season.

The Hatters will host Swindon Town, while it's the U's versus the Blues as Cambridge make the trip to Birmingham City.  

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