City get Rochdale

Norwich City should fancy their chances of reaching the last 32 of the Carling Cup after being paired with League Two minnows Rochdale in the second round.

Norwich City should fancy their chances of reaching the last 32 of the Carling Cup after being paired with League Two minnows Rochdale in the second round.

The Canaries' reward for their 5-2 victory over Barnet on Tuesday is a trip to Spotland during the week beginning August 27.

It will be City's first visit to the Lancashire club since an FA Cup replay in 1976 which ended in a 0-0 draw. John Bond's side, winning a third game at home 2-1.

In 1962 City beat Rochdale 3-0 at Spotland in the then two-legged League Cup final before completing a 4-0 aggregate success at home.


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Dale, managed by Keith Hill, reached the second round by beating Stoke 4-2 on penalties at Spotland, after the tie finished 2-2. City's reserve keeper Matty Gilks will be hoping to feature in two weeks' time after joining the club from Rochdale - his home town club - during the summer.

t Full draw: Birmingham v Hereford, Bristol City v Man City, Bristol Rovers v West Ham, Burnley v Oldham, Cardiff v Leyton Orient, Carlisle v Coventry, Charlton v Stockport, Derby v Blackpool, Luton v Sunderland, Middlesbrough v Northampton, MK Dons v Sheff Utd, Newcastle v Barnsley, Nottm For v Leicester, Peterborough v West Brom, Plymouth v Doncaster, Portsmouth v Leeds, Rochdale v Norwich, Sheff Wed v Hartlepool, Shrewsbury v Fulham, Southend v Watford, Swansea v Reading, Wigan v Hull, Wolves v Morecambe, Wrexham v Aston Villa.

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