Bournemouth's Eddie Howe delighted with Saints cup draw
Howe will be leading his side into League One this season
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has described the forthcoming Carling Cup tie against Southampton as 'huge'.
Saints will host the Cherries in the first round - the first time the sides have met in a competitive fixture since a previous League Cup clash in 1987.
Howe told BBC Radio Solent: "The local interest will be huge. It's a really attractive game.
"Everyone thinks Southampton will be very strong, so the match will give us a useful yardstick."
He added: "We want to go there and try to win the game. The Carling Cup is a great competition, and we want to go as far as we can in it.
"Saints have got a really good squad. They did fantastically last season despite a points deduction, and they've got a magnificent stadium. We don't need any more motivation to go there and put on a good performance."
Southampton and Bournemouth have only met on 18 previous occasions, with the Cherries coming out on top in a two-legged Littlewoods Cup tie back in 1987.
Their meetings in League One this season will be their first in league competition since April 1960.
"It's fantastic for us considering how far we've come in the last 18 months. It's great for us to be playing games against sides as big as Southampton," said Howe.
The first-round tie will be played in the week commencing 9 August. There will be live commentary on BBC Radio Solent.
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