Date: 17th June 2014 at 6:28pm
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Following on from the announcement that we would travel to Elland Road in the first round of the Capital One Cup this season, skipper Luke Joyce says that the players are already getting excited about hopefully causing an upset and putting Accrington onto a bit of a cup run in 2014-15.

Speaking to the Official Site after the draw was made, he explained.

‘It’s a great draw for us. It’s a pretty local game against a massive club and I’ve already had a few texts off the lads and the Yorkshire lads in particular are really looking forward to it.’

Joyce goes on to say that in the first round it’s definitely one of the standout ties, so everybody is already hopeful that that will figure when Sky Sports decide on the two games that they will screen, because he knows what a financial boost that will be for the club, let alone the additional publicity and how it would add to the occasion.

‘You look at Leeds, a former Premier League and Champions League club, and then ourselves who are one of the smaller clubs. We’ve got a big reputation and a good name and people know about us that makes it a really good draw.’

Of course, Joyce remains at the club following the last time we visited Elland Road – our only time – back in 2009 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, and despite losing he has many fond memories of that encounter and can obviously clue in other players who haven’t played there as to what the atmosphere will likely be.

Of course this isn’t the only fixture announcement this week, as our league fixtures come out tomorrow, and Joyce adds that this is what the players are really waiting for.

‘It’s always an exciting day as today has been, and we’re looking forward to seeing what those opening fixtures will be. It’d be nice to get the opening game at home. We had a disappointing start to last season at Newport and I think you just want to make sure you’re picking points up in that first game. If we can get a home game and the fans behind us after a good pre season it’s a great chance to start the season as we mean to go on.’

Following our performances and the turn around in form last year, there certainly shouldn’t be any fear regardless of what the fixture list throws up.