Sheffield Wednesday cup tie will be ‘exciting occasion’ says Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray
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The Owls, who finished 13th in the Sky Bet Championship, are looking for a new boss after making the surprise decision to part company with Stuart Gray only last week.
“It’s a good tie for us and a big game,” said Murray. “We’re all looking forward to it. It’s nice to play against a big club so early on in the season and it’ll be good to gauge ourselves against them.
“They’re a huge club who probably haven’t reached their potential over the last few years. They have a great stadium, excellent fans and it’ll be a good game for us to go into.
“We faced one of the Sheffield teams last year and it was a good occasion, so we’ll be looking to go and make our mark on the game and try to progress in the competition.
“I think it’ll be exciting. If it does work out that it’ll be their new manager’s first home game then I imagine there’ll be a big crowd and it’ll create a good atmosphere for our boys.”
He added: “Going into the new season it’s another game where we can look forward to and go and express ourselves with all the pressure being on them.”
FIRST ROUND DRAW
Carlisle United v Chesterfield
Nottingham Forest v Walsall
Fleetwood Town v Hartlepool United
Scunthorpe United v Barnsley
Bolton Wanderers v Burton Albion
Accrington Stanley v Hull City
Rochdale v Coventry City
Oldham Athletic v Middlesbrough
Huddersfield Town v Notts County
Blackburn Rovers v Shrewsbury Town
Morecambe v Sheffield United
Doncaster Rovers v Leeds United
Wigan Athletic v Bury
Northampton Town v Blackpool
Sheffield Wednesday v Mansfield Town
Rotherham United v Cambridge United
Crewe Alexandra v Preston North End
York City v Bradford City
Port Vale v Burnley
Peterborough United v Crawley Town
Yeovil Town v Queens Park Rangers
Plymouth Argyle v Gillingham
Swindon Town v Exeter City
Bristol Rovers v Birmingham City
Ipswich Town v Stevenage
Luton Town v Bristol City
Charlton Athletic v Dagenham & Redbridge
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newport County
Brentford v Oxford United
Portsmouth v Derby County
Southend United v Brighton & Hove Albion
Milton Keynes Dons v Leyton Orient
Cardiff City v AFC Wimbledon
Millwall v Barnet
Wycombe Wanderers v Fulham
Colchester United v Reading
Games will be played during the week commencing 10th August. Dates and times will be confirmed by Tuesday, 23rd June, and televised fixtures will be selected and announced in due course.