STAN TERNENT is delighted with a home chance to cut down the Blades of Sheffield United in the Carling Cup.
Town face Kevin Blackwell’s Championship side in the second round at the Galpharm the week after next and while Ternent believes Town are the underdogs, he accepts there’s a big incentive to try and reach the third round.
“We wanted a home draw, so we are delighted with that,” said Ternent, whose League I side beat the Blades 2-1 in pre-season.
“It’s another derby match for us, there should be a decent crowd and a good atmosphere and it’s one for the fans to enjoy.
“We are up against a very good side from a higher division of course, and it will be a very good test for us, but it’s a fair reward for a good performance the other night against Bradford.”
Ternent reported no injury worries as he prepares to travel tomorrow for Saturday’s league trip to Colchester’s new Weston Homes Community Stadium, and he added:
“I know Kevin Blackwell very well and I had his assistant Sam Ellis as my No2 for 10 years, so it’s going to be a nice little reunion.
“The pre-season friendly result counts for nothing – the game was just about fitness for both sides – so this is a good competitive fixture to look forward to.
“We’ve got home advantage but I think we’re the underdogs because they’ve got a strong squad, one which has been together a lot longer than ours, and they are among the favourites to go up to the Premier League.
“They are a strong side, but we know they incentives for us and we will be looking forward to it.”
Town have four ex-Blades in their squad in skipper Chris Lucketti, strike duo Luke Beckett and Danny Cadamarteri and defender David Unsworth, who is in the squad to travel tomorrow before Town train in Essex. Jon Stead will make a competitive return to the Galpharm in what is a first League Cup meeting between the clubs.
The last time United visited the Galpharm competitively was in what is now the Championship in 2001, goals by Martin Smith and Delroy Facey landing a 2-1 Town win.