Nigel Clough believes Burton Albion have been shown a lack of respect by organisers of this season's Carabao Cup competition.
The Brewers are preparing for tomorrow night's trip to Cardiff City in the second round of the cup (7.45pm kick-off) following their thrilling first-round victory at Oldham Athletic .
The new-look League Cup has been altered this season to include regional draws between seeded and non-seeded teams.
Albion were a seeded team in the northern section for the first round, but were then moved to the southern section for the second round.
This was to accommodate for the fact that neither Newport County or West Ham United were able to play home games, and so Newport were moved to the northern section to avoid the two drawing each other.
Burton fans will now make the 320-mile round trip to the Cardiff City Stadium - and Clough has made his and the club's feelings clear on that situation.
"I can't tell you how disappointed we are with the whole process of being in the southern part of the draw," he said.
"Once we were drawn away from home, I think our nearest trip would've been two hours to MK Dons.
"And when you are regionalising a draw, that seems highly unfair on a team.
"I think we've been penalised for things that are nothing to do with us.
"The fact that West Ham and Newport can't play at home, that's got nothing to do with Burton Albion.
"But we are the ones being penalised for it, because we should be in the north part of the draw with the Birmingham teams and the more local teams, for our supporters.
"I don't think we were consulted on the matter - we were just put in the southern section.
"The lack of respect that they've shown towards us is incredible in the competition."
Should the Brewers triumph over Cardiff tomorrow night, they will learn their opponents for the third round at approximately 4.30am on Thursday morning, with the third-round draw to take place in Beijing at 11.15am local time.