Next up, Carlisle away on Wednesday night. The League Cup, Hardaker’s baby (one for the over 50’s there), has managed to find perhaps its most mysterious sponsor. Capital One anyone? No me neither. The Milk Cup was as bad a trophy name as you could possibly get but at least you knew what milk was and did.
Villas-Boas will be using this game as an audition for the new TV programme Rotation Rotation Rotation. Using only a flipchart and a cardboard cut out of Kirstie Allsop, AVB will help previously ignored players find their best positions ready for the winter sales in January. Step forward Tom Huddlestone & Michael Dawson. Even Heurelho Gomes is reputed to be travelling with the squad.
With a game at Old Trafford only a few days away we’d all be going nuts if he didn’t rest players of course. As well as Hudd and Daws, Cudicini, Townsend & Caulker will probably get games and maybe Jenas, Mason, Carroll, Smith and Falque too. But how do we rest Defoe? Some combination of Dempsey and/or Sigurdsson I suspect though it could do no harm to give Obika or Lancaster a go maybe? I think I’ve mentioned just about everyone now.
Carlisle are expecting a sell-out in what appears to be the biggest game at Brunton Park in years. They’re 5 games unbeaten, but three of those have been home draws. Danny Cadamarteri is the only player I recognise in their squad but that says more about me than them probably. No doubt the home fans will get the place rockin’ and with an under strength team out, we’re ripe for turning over. An early goal though and all will be right. I hope we take the competition seriously, you only need three wins to make the semis after all.
Kevin Friend is the referee. COYS.
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