Hasta Posted August 24, 2008 Share Posted August 24, 2008 I know we don't normally preview the Carling Cup games but thought I'd start a thread for this one. Despite the fact that it is seeming longer and longer ago, this competition still holds memories of our most recent success. In fact in my eyes this competition has advantages over the FA Cup. Due to it's place in the 'big fours' pecking order, it is still possible for the most mediocre of PremierLeague clubs to win it. Indeed witness Spurs' triumph last year. Also the FA Cup now has it's semi-finals played at Wembley giving more expense to the fans and taking the gloss off the final. This competition still has the drama of a two-legged semi at the respective teams own ground, saving the visit to the new home of football for the final itself. Without doubt this is the best chance of silverware for us during the season. Let's hope Ince and his management team take it seriously to keep up our fine record in the competition during this millenium. Wednesday night sees us back at Ewood for the second round of the Carling Cup against second division Grimsby. This looks an ideal chance for Ince to build more confidence, work on his style of play and maybe have a look at some players he's not seen play competitively under him yet. Grimsby appear to have had a shocking start to the new season. They have amassed only one point from 3 games with their only decent result being their defeat of Tranmere in the last round of this competition. Indeed the following comment is indicitive of the few posts regarding the forthcoming game that I can find on the net. Buckley should field the reserves at Blackburn, accept the hammering they would get and save the fans wasted time and money for traveling over I'm not sure where Carlos Villanueva was against Hull but hopefully we'll get our first glimpse of him at some point. A debut for Simpson is on the cards and i wouldn't be surprised to see Treacys name on the team sheet after an impressive pre-season. And for all you doom merchants, you never know maybe Fowler will have accepted whats on the table and get a kickabout. With Rovers a best priced 1/4 to win the game in 90 minutes it should be a formality and most Rovers fans will be looking for entertainment and signs of good times to come. Should we get knocked out then anyone who only wants to read the positives better look away from this board for a good few days. I'm going for 3-0. Job done without being spectacular. Tickets are priced at the following:- £12 Adults £5 Senior Citizens £5 Young Adult Season Ticket Holders £5 Juniors/Team Rovers aged 15 and under £5 16-21 Members Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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