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Capital One Cup Round 4 draw reaction

25 September 2014

Following the Capital One Cup Round 4 draw, a number of managers have been assessing their club's tie

Shrewsbury Town's Capital One Cup exploits of the first three rounds were rewarded with a tie at home to Chelsea in the stand-out game of the Round 4 draw.

Micky Mellon's men overcame Norwich City in the Third Round, after seeing off Blackpool in Round 1 and Leicester in Round 2, to set-up their match with Jose Mourinho's Premier League high-flyers.

“I am absolutely delighted at the draw and it’s a fully deserved reward for what we have done in the previous rounds,” Mellon told

“To beat Blackpool, Leicester City and then Norwich City shows that we are capable of giving anyone a game.

“It is a massive game for the club, for the fans and for the town of Shrewsbury and hopefully we can make everyone proud.

“The game is a long way off and there are six league games before the Chelsea game, on paper this looks like the toughest run of games that we have faced so far. I hope we can harness the excitement and energy of the draw and take it into these very important league games.”

Karl Robinson's Milton Keynes Dons, meanwhile, will contest an all-League 1 affair with Sheffield United in Round 4.

After the Fourth Round draw, Robinson told "We're really looking forward to the tie, it provides two sides from the same division with the chance to progress to the quarter-finals of a national cup competition, and it goes without saying that we'll be doing everything we can to get through." 

Brighton & Hove Albion were 3-0 winners at Burton Albion in Wednesday's Round 3 action and they were paired with Tottenham Hotspur in the draw for the next round, after Spurs beat Nottingham Forest 3-1.

Seagulls boss Sami Hyypia played at White Hart Lane many times as a player but this will be his first visit as a manager.

“It's another challenge. We'll go there to play our game and try to win,” he told Seagulls Player after their victory against the League 2 Brewers.

“I have some good and bad memories [of White Hart Lane], most of the time bad. Hopefully we can change that.”

Elsewhere, West Bromwich Albion were handed a trip to Eddie Howe's Bournemouth after a scintillating 3-2 success against Hull City, in which they scored two late goals to progress.

Baggies boss Alan Irvine had some kind words for the Cherries after the announcement of the draw, but outlined his Capital One Cup ambitions for Albion.

He told “Bournemouth are a good side who play good football and they will be really looking forward to us going down there.

“But so are we – this keeps a bit of momentum going and the feel-good factor within the club as well.

“This is a competition that is dear to me as I was lucky enough to play in the 1984 final and I would love to go all the way.”

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