Not since 1998 have Leeds United met Grimsby Town in any competition, but that’s hardly going to thrill many Leeds fans who will have been looking for a more exciting draw than a visit from the struggling League Two side.

For me, and no doubt many other Leeds fans, the ideal draw would have been us against Bradford, but they’ll now have to see off Port Vale to stand any chance of rekindling an old rivalry.

The biggest draw is undoubtedly in the Southern section where Southampton will meet Charlton.

The games, which will be played on the week commencing 9th November will decide who takes one step closer to the final at Wembley Stadium, and perhaps, who simply didn’t care. After the disappointing performance from some of our fringe players against Darlington, Simon Grayson will be looking for his reserves to put on a better show and progress to the next round.

The game could be an even lower turn-out than Darlington as Sky have announced they’ll be broadcasting it live. Cold and wintery night at Elland Road to watch poor quality football or nice and toasty warm with a pint in hand down the local? I know what the majority will choose.

Enthusiasm for the JPT simply isn’t ripe amongst Leeds United fans. Although many at the Darlington game were keen on another trip to Wembley, they also felt the League was more important and any run in the JPT shouldn’t be at a consequence to the League campaign.

That said, the poll I’ve been running on the site shows a 50% majority want Leeds to win the JPT whilst just 32% feel ‘it’s a pointless competition.’ It’s certainly not the FA Cup, or even the League Cup, but I guess – aside from the League title – it’s the best chance we’ve had at silverware in a while and it’d be nice to have some success to celebrate.

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