Hartlepool captain Billy Paynter has revealed he is relishing a cup clash with Premier League outfit Bournemouth this evening.
After coming through their first round tie against League One side Fleetwood, hopes are high in the North-East as the Cherries make the 670-mile round trip to Victoria Park, fresh from their first ever top flight triumph at West Ham.
Ronnie Moore’s side have won four of their opening five games and, with a of new signings impressing, Paynter told Shoot he can’t wait to face Eddie Howe’s men.
“It’s not going to be easy,” said the 31-year-old
“But we’re going to go out there, enjoy it and try and cause a shock.”
The former Doncaster and Swindon forward, who has netted three goals since his summer move from Carlisle, says he expects to face a cluster of Bournemouth’s new faces, with Sylvain Distin and Tyrone Mings likely to start in defence.
“Looking at the first couple of their fixtures I’ve seen that most of their signings have been on the bench,” he added.
“Because now that they’re in the Premier League, the manager’s going to rotate his team.
“Whoever plays it’s going to be a tough game.”