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Harry, you cannot be serious… Or can you?

Harry, you cannot be serious… Or can you?
The Milk, Littlewoods, Rumblelows, Coca-cola, Worthington or Carling, call it what you will! I still, and always will refer to it as the League Cup.

True, the competition introduced in the early sixties as a midweek floodlit knockout tournament, has become less and less prestigious over the years, but it is still an opportunity for a club like ours to have a cup run, ending up playing in the first 'League' Cup final at the new Wembley Stadium.

Obviously winning it will bring in some silverware and as some think, more importantly, a chance to secure a place in Europe (for this season at least until UEFA stop it.)

We don't yet know how much emphasis Harry will put on it this year, but given that it is now seen (and accepted) by 'larger' clubs as a lower priority than other competitions, and also that some clubs make a point of fielding weaker teams I think it should be high enough up Harry's agenda for it to be deemed important.

Boro, Blackburn & Leicester (twice) have all won it in the last ten years, so why can't we?

Pompey play Leeds in the second round on Tuesday and as I see it there's no excuse for not taking it seriously this time around. Another showing like the one at Newcastle last year just won't do.

Ask yourself these questions. As I have.

Do we have to concentrate on premiership survival as we have in past years? - No, there's still a job to be done, but surely we can't use that as an excuse.

Is our squad big enough to risk injuries, bookings, suspensions? - Yes, we have seen more quality and numbers 'in' than 'out' this year so it appears so.

Do Pompey want European football? - Yes, at least if we want to continue to be a progressive club.

My questions to you fellas are a) how seriously should Harry take the League Cup this year and b) how far do you think Pompey can realistic progress?

Written by Chix.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Monday August 27 2007
Time: 10:23PM

Comments

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interesting article! personally i think we should take it a round at a time. theres obvious revenue to be made as well mind which would come in handy to offer something back to mr "invisible" gaydamak! also, winning the cup would be great. if we were to lose our tie at home i would be a little disappointed yet if we lose away to a decent prem team then i guess its unlucky! im not so sure we have a big enough squad (that are worthy of playing constant prem football) though. PUP! tomorrow id like to see some goals from us but more importantly NOT CONCEEDING!
spoiler
27/08/2007 23:01:00
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a clean sheet will certainly mean a pompey win as we will core goals tomorrow - hopefully nugent will get in on the act! tbh i would love to see us win the league cup and can see no reason why we cant...
pompeyrug
27/08/2007 23:27:00
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We won't be at full strength if we got to the League Cup final because of course, our squad will get drained by the ACN. Maybe next year.
Lysimachus
28/08/2007 00:20:00
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sart with a clean sheet and a Nugent goal that will be fine for me, otherwise i agree with spoiler take it at a round a time. I dont think HR would sacrifice league position for this tournament unless we were in the quater finals.
russellm
28/08/2007 00:41:00
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that is what a squad is for tho isnt it, to cope with these kinds of things... but by the time the league cup final came round the african nations will be over with wont it.
pompeyrug
28/08/2007 00:42:00
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he is really after a european place tho isnt he - and this offers a route in, aswell as a cup...
pompeyrug
28/08/2007 00:43:00
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good point lysi, although we do have a core of European players through out the team, no africans in defence, Pedro, taylor, GONeil, Davis, Hughes mid field Also i dont see the benji and the zimmers being involved for more than a week and assuming Nugent gets his goal scoring boots on we should be ok. If the Defoeists or the Litarites get their dream move we should be competitive, well in my dreams anyway
russellm
28/08/2007 00:47:00
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zimbabwe cannot qualify can they russ - so we wont be losing benji at all will we :)
pompeyrug
28/08/2007 00:49:00
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If I were Harry, I wouldnt let my grandson wear a scummers shirt, but that apart he has stated that we can give anybody a run for their money and in fairness performances against Liverpool (clean sheet), Manure (second half) and Chelsea on Saturday bear this out. So the simple fact is if we can win six games in this competition (maybe even against second string sides) we must take it seriously if we have European aspirations
Chix
28/08/2007 01:22:00
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I think our so-called second choice players are excellent quality - I look forward to Mvuemba, Crainie and Nugent scoring against Leeds !
StuartM
28/08/2007 02:48:00
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