Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Do we want to win? Yes we do.

In previous seasons the Carling Cup has been a realistic hope of the Addickted for some silverware, although they have always been disappointed by our failure to progress. But now we are in a relegation struggle, do we want a cup run?

I would prefer to stay up than win the Carling Cup, but it's not a simple 'either or' choice. Any sort of victory now would give our morale a boost, particularly after the Hampsters were humiliatingly booted out of the competition by mighty Chesterfield.

We have beaten Bolton before this season and even though they are flying high in the table, there is no reason why we should not repeat the feat, although we can expect a physical encounter. Whether Bolton will put out a full strength side remains to be seen.

It's a bit difficult to forecast what our side will be because of ill defined injury worries. If Darren Bent is carrying an injury, it would be unwise to risk him ahead of Saturday's encounter with Newcastle. It might be an opportunity to give Myhre a run out, while I think that the occasion calls for Kish's battling qualities.

The referee is Banbury's Dermot Gallagher who was urged to bring forward his retirement at the weekend by Blades charm merchant Neil Warnock. One thing that does seem to go down a treat, as Everton found, is a presentation signed shirt from the players.

Work commitments once again keep me in Warwickshire, but Paul May will be making the short journey from Erith to file a report on the game.


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