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Premier draw for Canaries

PUBLISHED: 23:59 12 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:29 06 July 2010

Norwich City will welcome Premier League opposition to Carrow Road in two weeks time after being drawn at home to Sunderland in the second round of the Carling Cup.

Norwich City will welcome Premier League opposition to Carrow Road in two weeks time after being drawn at home to Sunderland in the second round of the Carling Cup.

The prospect of a visit from former Canary favourite Steve Bruce's team will further help to soothe away the agony of the nightmare 7-1 home defeat to Colchester on the opening day of the League One season.

Bryan Gunn's men gave the perfect response on Tuesday, when a much-changed City side won 4-0 at Yeovil to book their second round place.

Now Canaries fans can look forward to a re-run of one the greatest occasions in the club's history - the League Cup final against Sunderland in 1985, when Bruce was a member of their winning Wembley team in a match the two sets of supporters helped to brand as 'the friendly final'.

Sunderland gained their revenge in 1992 when they beat a City team including Gunn in the FA Cup semi-finals.

“I'm delighted to get a home draw against a Premiership club, and especially that it's Sunderland with all the memories of the friendly final,” said Gunn last night.

“For me personally it is a chance to meet up with two former team-mates in the shape of Steve Bruce and Eric Black, who I played with at Norwich and Aberdeen respectively.

“It's an interesting tie and for our players a chance to pit their wits against Premiership players as they did tp good effect when we played Wigan recently. They've made some big signings, but there's no reason why our players should be anything other than really up for the challenge of playing against these guys.

“We will be looking to win the tie and progress to the next round.”

While City can look forward to checking how well they've recovered from Saturday's debacle against some Premier League quality, Ipswich face a relatively short but tricky trip across East Anglian to face newly promoted Peterborough.

Carling Cup 2nd round draw

West Bromwich v Rotherham Utd

Norwich City v Sunderland

Tranmere Rvrs v Bolton

QPR v Accrington

Bristol City v Carlisle

Leyton Orient v Stoke

Port Vale v Sheffield Wednesday

Hull v Southend

Leeds v Watford

Cardiff v Bristol Rovers

Portsmouth v Hereford

Crystal Palace v Manchester City

Wolves v Swindon

Gillingham v Blackburn

Blackpool v Wigan

Southampton v Birmingham

Preston v Leicester

Newcastle v Huddersfield

West Ham v Millwall

Coventry or Hartlepool v Burnley

Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough

Reading v Barnsley

Swansea v Scunthorpe

Doncaster v Tottenham

Peterborough Utd v Ipswich Town

Ties to be played week commencing August 24


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