Carling Cup devalued further as Norwich, Swansea City and QPR go out!

August 23, 2011
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I’ve not heard anything from any corner, but I have a nasty feeling about the defeats of the three premier league clubs to go out of the Carling Cup on Tuesday night. All three constitute the promoted clubs from the Npower Championship.

It has left a funny taste in the mouth. Whilst we know the big guns like your Liverpools, Man Utd’s, Arsenal’s and Chelsea’s and to a lesser extent some other established top tier teams will play weakened, “B” sides, when the three teams that have only just been promoted go out in the opening games of the competition, fielding weakened teams (with the exception of QPR it has to be said), whilst the value of the competition has been put sternly to the test in previous seasons, it has been laughed at in the face tonight by not only these clubs but also some Championship sides too.

Yes we have a situation that makes things very interesting for the next round with lower level opposition for the big guns as they continue in the competition, but also, we can be almost guaranteed that will will not be seeing first team, or perhaps even second team players lining up. This not only cheats the fans of the League One and Two clubs, it also cheats those players who aspire to play in the upper echelons of the English game and pit themselves against the best of their craft.

We may as well do away with this competition here and now, as quite simple there just isnt enough money in it to encourage any sort of, moral, true or fair participation.

As well as three three aforementioned Premier League clubs to exit at the first hurdle, we saw Sunderland go out to a rampant Brighton side. not rampant in the performance tonight so much as rampant an hungry for success under Gus Poyet, under a board and ownership who are hungry to give their town enjoyment of any sort on the football field. This comes from a team who have had nothing for a long, long time, who are appreciating what football can give to the players, the fans and the town. Granted they have money, and they have spent money, bundles of it, but at least ti looks like they are taking the beautiful game seriously!

Wins tonight see Leeds United, Rochdale and Cardiff go through, the latter after extra time. Bristol City had to play an extended game as well, and even went on to penalties before progressing past Watford who are having a torrid time this season without Malkay Mackay.

Aston Villa and West Brom go through, as do Wolverhampton who despite making 11 changes from last weekends game, comfortably put four past Northampton Town.

Lets’s hope tomorrow night’s matches offer some more positivity. Liverpool travel to Exeter. Don’t hold your breath now!

Best I just make a mention and pass on congratulations to Shrewsbury Town, Milton Keynes Dons and Rochdale, who all turned up, gave their all, and gave the fans a real treat by beating Premier League opposition.

Here’s hoping they are lucky in the draws and get the teams they want. More importantly, let’s hope they play the teams they should!

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