Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has told his players they should relish their Carling Cup third round trip to free-scoring Chelsea. The Magpies, who strolled to the Championship title last season, headed south knowing their task could hardly be more difficult as they attempt to become the first visiting side to find the back of the net at the Bridge during the new campaign.
Hughton insists his players should be looking forward to it.
He said with a smile: "You go to bed the night before hoping they can't play! Actually, it's the complete opposite.
"Although it's a Carling Cup game, which is away from the pressure of the league, these are the games you want to be involved in, these are the games you want the players to be involved in.
"With all due respect to the other teams, going to your Old Traffords and your Stamford Bridges and your Emirates, they are the really tough competitive games that you want the players to be involved in.
"It's one more to look forward to than to fear - and, of course, there isn't that pressure on us.
"I don't think people expect us to win, so we go there without that pressure."