Norwich City away to Blackburn in Carling Cup

Norwich City must overcome Premier League opposition on away territory if they want to make further progress in this season's Carling Cup in two weeks' time.

Norwich City must overcome Premier League opposition on away territory if they want to make further progress in this season's Carling Cup in two weeks time.

Paul Lambert's side were handed a tough task in last night's second round draw when they were paired with Blackburn Rovers, with the tie taking place at Ewood Park.

It is hardly the glamour tie the Canaries were looking for after Tuesday night's comprehensive 4-1 victory over League Two outfit Gillingham at Carrow Road.

A long midweek trip to Ewood Park to face Sam Allardyce's no-nonense Rovers outfit is tough on fans and City players alike - although Lambert will no doubt be relishing the challenge of pitting his wits against one of English football's most experienced managers.


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The Canaries will be making their first trip to Blackburn since the Premiership campaign of 2004-5, when goals from Paul Dickov (2) and Morten Gamst Pedersen gave the hosts a comfortable 3-0 victory.

The two sides' previous League Cup meeting came in October 1992, when City lost 2-0 at Ewood Park, a few weeks after losing 7-1 in the league.

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t Second Round draw:

Accrington v Newcastle, Portsmouth v C Palace, Leeds v Leicester, Wolves v Southend, Blackburn v Norwich, MK Dons v Blackpool, Tranmere v Swansea, Everton v Huddersfield, Peterborough v Cardiff, Reading v Northampton, Scunthorpe v Sheff Wed, Brentford v Hull, Sunderland v Colchester, L Orient v WBA, Morecambe v Burnley, Birmingham v Rochdale, Crewe v Ipswich, Watford v Notts Co, West Ham v Oxford, Southampton v Bolton, Bradford v Preston, Fulham v Port Vale, Millwall v Middlesbrough, Stoke v Shrewsbury Hartlepool v Wigan.

Ties to be played week commencing August 23.

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