The Magpies have made no secret in recent years they regarded the domestic cup competitions — the club has won neither in 60 years — as a secondary priority to the Premier League, although owner Mike Ashley signalled a change in policy.
Asked what approach he is taking to the Capital One Cup, McClaren said: “Very serious. It can be a great boost for you. It’s another game and nobody in football wants to lose a match and they put a team out that can win that game, and that’s what we will be doing.”
Northampton boss Chris Wilder insists his side are not travelling to Tyneside “to make the numbers up or have our tummies tickled.”
The second-round draw reunited Burton boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink with his former club Middlesbrough. The Burton boss plied his trade as a striker at the Riverside Stadium for two years and was part of the Boro side that reached the UEFA Cup final in 2006 during his final season on Teesside.
Hasselbaink, now 43, hopes his side can emulate what Paul Peschisolido’s Burton team achieved in January 2011 when Albion defeated Middlesbrough 2-1 at the Pirelli Stadium in the FA Cup third round in what is the only previous meeting between the two clubs.
Another League Two side making a considerably long journey to the north east is Exeter, who are in round two for just the second time in 17 years and face Sunderland. City boss Paul Tisdale likened the challenge facing his players to a whole new ball game.
Swansea manager Garry Monk wants his unbeaten team to maintain their momentum when York visit the Liberty Stadium. Monk is expected to make wholesale changes ahead of the Premier League clash with Manchester United at the weekend but he sees victory against the Minstermen as important to the future of the club.
Luton caused an upset in the first round by beating Bristol City and winger Danny Green believes another giant-killing against Stoke could see the Hatters get their league form back on track. Town are without a win in three League Two games, losing twice, since knocking out the Robins
Of the other Premier sides facing lower league opposition,Watford have the trickiest tie against Preston at Deepdale. Leicester, Bournemouth and Norwich are also away, at Bury, Hartlepool and Rotherham, respectively, while Villa host Notts County, Palace are at home to Shrewsbury and West Brom play Port Vale.