Early reaction from the opposition on the Cup draw

Last updated : 07 January 2002 By Tony Scholes

Mark Yates
Yates was Frank Casper's last signing for Burnley when he joined us from Birmingham for £40,000 just after the start of the 1991/92 season. He scored on his debut at Doncaster in a 4-1 win sliding the ball past the Donny keeper Paul Crichton but in his two years at Burnley was never able to establish himself in the first team.

He moved on to Doncaster, the club he had made his debut against, along with Steve Harper and Ian Measham before dropping into the Conference with Kidderminster Harriers. He then moved to Cheltenham as they celebrated winning a place in the Football League.

Mark told his club's site,

"I wanted us to play Burnley away. I haven't been back there for nine or ten years and I felt I didn't do myself justice in my second year there. It would have been nice to have gone up there and for us to have put on a good show but we have got a home draw and that is the next best thing.

"Burnley are a very good side pushing for promotion to the Premiership, but our home form is good this season and we will feel we have a chance."

Manager Steve Cotterill added was looking for a top Premiership club but is happy knowing that Whaddon Road will be full for Cheltenham's first ever 4th round tie.

"Obviously you hope for a draw against one of the really big guns in the Cup but if that doesn't happen the next best thing is a home draw and we got that. There will be a sellout crowd and Burnley are sure to sell their full allocation of tickets. The good thing is we will not have to travel and we will take it as it comes.

"Burnley are a massive club and one that we will give our full respect to. Their manager Stan Ternent has done a fantastic job there and it will be a tough, tough game. But if we play like we did against Oldham then we will settle for that."

There are no ticket details as yet but Burnley are expected to receive approximately 1,000 standing tickets and 200 seats.