Accrington Stanley Manager John Coleman is eagerly looking forward to sending his team out to face Premier League side Newcastle United in a Carling Cup clash that will get the Fraser Eagle Stadium rocking on Wednesday evening.
Coleman's npower League 2 side have already distinguished themselves in the competition, earning their glamour second round tie against the Magpies by winning 2-1 after extra time at Championship club Doncaster Rovers.
The Stanley Manager told football-league.co.uk: "We went a goal down in the game at Doncaster, but we came back really well and over the 120 minutes I thought we thoroughly deserved our victory.
"We'd had a tough 90 minutes against Aldershot Town on the Saturday before that Tuesday, and so when it went into extra time at Doncaster I feared for my lads. But they came through and I was absolutely delighted for them.
"Now we've got a great second round tie and whatever the result, it's a win-win situation for us because there'll be a packed house, a tremendous atmosphere and it will bring the club some much-needed revenue."
Accrington will go into the game as massive underdogs against a Newcastle team that kick-started their Premier League campaign with a scintillating 6-0 win against Aston Villa at St James' Park on Sunday, striker Andy Carroll hitting a hat-trick.
24 hours before that big victory for the Magpies, however, Stanley had won 3-0 at home to Macclesfield Town and could also boast a three-goal hero in 21-year-old midfielder Sean McConville, whose hat-trick was the first of his career.
"I was made up for Sean," said Coleman, "but it was a good all-round performance especially in the second half. It was our third clean sheet in a row in the League, we're unbeaten and so it's a good start to the season for us.
"Now we've got a match that has captured the imagination of the town, so we'll have good backing from the fans and of course Newcastle will have good support as well. They'll obviously be favourites, but I'm sure we can give them a game.
"Since we got promoted into The Football League (in 2006) we've acquitted ourselves pretty well on a good number of occasions in the Carling Cup against clubs in higher divisions than us.
"In our first season we beat Nottingham Forest then lost on penalties at Watford, and since then we've lost narrowly to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Queens Park Rangers after playing really well. So we won't be overawed by Newcastle - and we'll definitely be giving it our best shot."
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