SHEFFIELD UNITED: Cup opponents relish Lane challenge

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GARY Rowett, the Burton Albion manager, is excited by the prospect of facing Sheffield United in the Capital One Cup.

United will entertain the League Two side in the first round of the re-branded tournament nearly 12 months after their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy success at the Pirelli Stadium last term.

Rowett said: “It’s another exciting draw for us.

“We’ve had some terrific games recently, taking Cardiff City and Burnley to extra time.

“It will be a good test and I think the lads will be more excited about the game as it comes ahead of our first match of the season.

“It should definitely be an occasion to savour as far as we are concerned.”

The tie, which is scheduled to be played during the week commencing August 13, will act as a curtain-raiser to the 2012/13 campaign.

Albion, still managed by Rowett’s predecessor and former United centre-forward Paul Peschisolido, took the lead in the first round of their JPT meeting through Justin Richards before the visitors progressed courtesy of late goals from David McAllister and Erik Tonne.

United reached the second stage of last season’s League Cup but were beaten 3-1 by Everton at Goodison Park.

Meanwhile, Lincoln City are deciding whether to resurrect their interest in former United loanee Elian Parrino after failing in a previous bid for the Argentine defender earlier this year.