Notts County’s Graham Burke aiming to cause cup shock on return to Aston Villa

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Notts County striker Graham Burke is aiming to cause a big cup upset as he returns to Aston Villa for the first time.

Burke was released by Villa in the summer and hopes to show the Premier League side what they are missing tonight.

County caused an upset in the previous round when they knocked out Huddersfield Town and will be confident they can repeat that trick.

“I am really looking forward to going back in what is a massive game for the club and the players,” said Burke.

“It’s Premier League opposition and they are the games you look forward to and you want to play in.

“Personally, I spent five years at Villa where I had good times.

“I played at Villa Park once and that was always the aim. It was against Tranmere a couple of years back, but tonight is different.

“I am playing for a different team, but they still hold a special place in my heart.

“If I score I won’t celebrate. It’s a bit disrespectful because they gave me a chance and I wouldn’t be at Notts County if it wasn’t for Aston Villa.”

Notts, who will take more than 1,000 fans to Villa Park, are without midfielder Liam Noble who begins a three-match ban following his dismissal against Accrington.

But boss Ricardo Moniz is boosted by Izale McLeod being clear to play following his move to Notts from Crawley.

“It will not be easy of course, because we have big respect for them, but we will try to go there and win,” said Moniz.

“We will try to go there and win,” said the former Tottenham coach, who came across Villa boss Tim Sherwood during his time at White Hart Lane.

“People say the league is the most important but I don’t see that – every game is important for us to win.

“We must win everything and that is the attitude we must have.

“It will not be easy of course, because we have big respect for them. I do not think Tim Sherwood will underestimate us – 100 per cent.

“I am expecting they will play their strongest team.”