All our local clubs aiming for better

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AS the League Cup first-round is drawn today, all our teams will be looking to surpass last season and reach the third-round of the competition, writes Lee Bothamley.

None of our sides got past the second-round so that’s the minimum target this season.

Sheffield Wednesday will have been happiest with their performance in the competition; knocking Championship Blackpool out on penalties in the first-round. However, a second-round away draw to Blackburn Rovers ended the run.

Sheffield United got through their first-round tie with Hartlepool but succumbed to Premier League Everton in the second.

Doncaster will be looking for revenge in the competition after a 2-1 exit in the second-round to rivals Leeds.

James Hayter gave Rovers an early lead but two goals from Ramon Nunez proved enough to put Leeds into the second-round.

Barnsley, Chesterfield and Rotherham all exited in the opening stage last season.

It was Keith Hill’s first game in charge and he saw his new side’s 2-0 exit to League Two outfit Morecambe.

Despite heavy pressure from the Tykes, Danny Carlton gave Morecambe the lead, before a late strike from Kevin Ellison sent Morecambe into the second-round at Barnsley’s expense.

A Jeffrey Shlupp hat-trick saw Rotherham crash out to a 4-1 home defeat to Championship outfit Leicester City.

Chesterfield exited after a 3-2 away defeat to Rochdale, despite taking the lead twice.

This season the League Cup will be known as the Capital One Cup after the Football League agreed a new four-year sponsorship deal.