Date: 15th June 2007 at 4:25pm
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The Bees have been given another away tie in this cup competition – since their return to the Football League, Barnet have been drawn away on numerous occassions, and Carrow Road will be their next destination.

The game, which will take place on Tuesday 14th August with a 7:45 kick off, is the Bees’ second match of the season following their league opener on the Saturday earlier, although that time and date is subject to change depending on possible (though unlikely)

Paul Fairclough was more than happy with the draw, and told the official Barnet website that he and his troops – many of whom he still has to sign up – will be going there to win like they have done following successful seasons the last two years in which Barnet got to visit the likes of Old Trafford and Elland Road.

‘It’s a smashing draw for us. It’ll be a great day out for the fans and hopefully we can get a good following up there to cheer us on.’

‘It will be a big challenge for myself and the players as Norwich are a big, well supported club at the higher echelons of the Football League.’

‘We will be taking this competition very seriously and it will certainly be an interesting tie.’

The tie brings up fond memories for Barnet fans, who saw the Bees knock Norwich out of the competition a decade ago, when City were beaten 4-3 on aggregate. Following a 2-1 defeat in the first leg, two goals from Sean Devine and another from Greg Heald shocked the competition as Barnet progressed through to the second round.

Norwich boss Peter Grant was one of the City players on that day, and he knows more than anbody the consequences of underestimating lower league opposition.

‘e had won the first leg 2-1 and to be honest were cruising in the next game at 1-0 up on the night and then ‘bang, bang, bang’ and we were out!’ Grant told Norwich’s website.

‘I couldn’t believe it to be honest because we’d actually been playing pretty well. I remember the game and the tie just seemed to slip away pretty suddenly.’

And resultantly, Grant will prepare his players in the normal manner for the cup game against the Bees, who lie two divisions lower than their opposition, because Grant is determined to not just focus gaining promotion from the Championship.

‘Their league position means nothing at all. Barnet will be out to attack us at Carrow Road and I bet they’re happy with the draw.

‘We will give them full respect and take nothing for granted. If you take things for granted, that’s when you lose games – so we have to be professional, motivated and concentrated.

‘I said last year and I’ll say it again, we will be going out to win every competition we enter, and that certainly includes the Carling Cup.

He added: ‘Hopefully it will be a good cup tie against Barnet.’