County to host Portsmouth after missing out on Premier League sides in cup draw

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County midfielder Scot Bennett in action at Portsmouth in 2017
County midfielder Scot Bennett in action at Portsmouth in 2017

NEWPORT County AFC will host Portsmouth at Rodney Parade in round two of the Carabao Cup.

The Exiles' reward for their 3-2 upset against Luton of the Championship is a clash against League One Pompey, who hunt a Welsh double after they stunned Cardiff 3-0 in the capital.

James Rowberry's side will have home advantage for the tie on August 23, 24 or 25, most likely Tuesday, August 23 given it won't be a television pick.

County didn't get one of the Premier League clubs in the regionalised draw but will hope to get through for the possibility of facing one of the big guns that are playing European football in the third round.

The disappointment at missing out on a lucrative tie - with gate receipts shared - is mixed with relief at avoiding a long trip for the game that is in between a home League Two encounter with Tranmere and an away clash at Harrogate.

The Exiles last played Pompey in the 2016/17 season when they lost 3-2 at Rodney Parade after leading 2-0 then 2-1 at Fratton Park, a defeat followed by the remarkable run in the Great Escape.

CARABAO CUP ROUND TWO DRAW

Southern Section 

Stevenage v Peterborough United 

Norwich City v AFC Bournemouth 

Newport County v Portsmouth 

Oxford United v Crystal Palace 

Watford v Milton Keynes Dons 

Colchester United v Brentford 

Wycombe Wanderers v Bristol City 

Walsall v Charlton Athletic 

Crawley Town v Fulham 

Cambridge United v Southampton 

Gillingham v Exeter City 

Forest Green Rovers v Brighton & Hove Albion 

Northern Section 

Bolton Wanderers v Aston Villa 

Derby County v West Bromwich Albion or Sheffield United 

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Preston North End 

Leeds United v Barnsley 

Fleetwood Town v Everton 

Sheffield Wednesday v Rochdale 

Tranmere Rovers v Newcastle United 

Rotherham United v Morecambe 

Barrow v Lincoln City 

Stockport County v Leicester City 

Bradford City v Blackburn Rovers 

Grimsby Town v Nottingham Forest 

Shrewsbury Town v Burnley