Gunn wants the winning mentality in all matches

Norwich City boss Bryan Gunn is eager for his side to rediscover that knockout touch after being handed a marathon journey in the Carling Cup first round.

Norwich City boss Bryan Gunn is eager for his side to rediscover that knockout touch after being handed a marathon journey in the Carling Cup first round.

The Canaries have been drawn away to Yeovil, with the tie to be played at Huish Park on Tuesday, August 11 (7.45pm).

City's record in cup competitions has been little short of abysmal for more than a decade and they have not reached the last eight of the oft-renamed League Cup since 1995-96.

But Gunn said: “We go into every game looking to win and the Carling Cup will be no exception. It gives a chance for us to put together a run and hopefully reach the latter stages of the competition.


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“The winning mentality is something we want to get back into the club and that obviously includes cup competitions as well as the league.”

The 500-mile round trip to the West Country will be one of the longest of the season for City fans.

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The two clubs have met only twice previously, the Canaries winning FA Cup ties at Yeovil's former Huish ground, with its famous sloping pitch, in 1953 and 1980.

They will meet for the first time in league action in this season's League One programme.

Yeovil finished 17th in League One last season, just two points clear of the relegation zone.

Gunn told the club's official website: “It's a game which we will be looking to win. It's the match after our league opener and I hope we'll be making it two wins out of two to cement a winning start to the competitive season.

“Yeovil are obviously one of our fellow League One teams so it's an early chance to assess them with a view to the two league games we will play against them.

“Of course it's one of those which involves a lot of travelling for our supporters, so the backing of our fans on the night will be important and, as always, much appreciated.”

Yeovil manager Terry Skiverton said: “It shows just how far Yeovil have come when you see us playing Norwich City at home, who are a big club. Yet here we are playing them on an even keel.”

On City's last visit to Yeovil, in January 1980, they won 3-0 in the FA Cup third round with goals from Graham Paddon, Keith Robson and Justin Fashanu in front of a crowd of 8,523. Yeovil were then an Alliance Premier League side.

Carling Cup first round draw: Accrington Stanley v Walsall, Huddersfield v Stockport, Rotherham v Derby, Tranmere v Grimsby, Sheffield Wed v Rochdale, Bury v West Bromwich, Notts Co v Doncaster, Lincoln v Barnsley, Scunthorpe v Chesterfield, Coventry v Hartlepool, Darlington v Leeds, Preston v Morecambe, Crewe v Blackpool, Carlisle v Oldham, Nottm Forest v Bradford City, Macclesfield v Leicester, Sheffield Utd v Port Vale, Cardiff v Dagenham & Redbridge, Wycombe v Peterborough, Southampton v Northampton, Barnet v Watford, Hereford v Charlton, Bristol Rov v Aldershot Town, Millwall v Bournemouth, Gillingham v Plymouth, Colchester v Leyton Orient, Reading v Burton, Exeter v Queens Park Rangers, Cheltenham v Southend, Brentford v Bristol City, Yeovil v Norwich, Crystal Palace v Torquay, MK Dons v Swindon, Swansea v Brighton, Shrewsbury v Ipswich.

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