Date:Thursday August 27 2015
Our regular blogger, Adam Guest, reviews a week he understatedly describes as 'Not bad'.
Back to back home wins, ending Coventry`s 100% start, knocking a Championship side out of the League Cup for the second time in a fortnight, and securing a home tie with the reigning Premier League champions. Throw into the mix that we haven`t yet sold Tom Bradshaw to anyone, and I think it`s safe to say that it hasn`t been a bad week all things considered.
Most satisfying of all though is that the results themselves haven`t been particularly surprising. From the way we started the season I expected us to beat, or at least not lose, against Coventry. The manner of the performance was more impressive than I expected, and took me in to Tuesday night genuinely expecting us to win, to the point I even broke the golden rule of betting by including us in my League Cup accumulator. While it`s easy to be wise after the event, we`d beaten two teams who had made excellent starts in the preceding seven days whereas our opponents, who had dispatched of Nottingham Forest in their opening game just as we did four days later, had since only played the sides that currently sit in 20th, 21st and 22nd respectively. Given the changes our visitors made to their starting XI, then the result as great as it was didn`t feel like that much of a shock.
Drawing Chelsea in the next round is a reward we genuinely deserve, and serves as a reminder to the club of the value of going on a decent cup run following our abject form in both this competition and the FA Cup in recent years. The shocking decision by Sky though to show Tottenham Reserves vs Arsenal Reserves instead on that night makes me hope BT Sport take all the sporting rights off them, but maybe that`s wishful thinking on my part.
When I saw the £25 price I thought it was a bit naughty of the club to raise the admission prices by what represents quite a significant percentage increase on our standard Category A prices. However, when you consider it`s the same price to go to Blackpool this weekend then suddenly it seems quite good value; and using basic supply and demand then if you can sell 11,000 tickets at £20 to people who want to spend their evening telling John Terry what a delightful human being they think he is, or you can sell the same amount at £25 to the same people then it makes commercial sense to sell them at the higher amount. I do wish we hadn`t dubbed it the cringe worthy "Battle of the Mourinho`s" however. There`s nothing in Dean Smith that I see in Mourinho, and I certainly can`t imagine him banishing Whitney from the dugout anytime soon.
What we mustn`t do is allow the cup to become a distraction. If we`d been in poor form going into Tuesday night`s game then we wouldn`t have come back and won it, it was momentum we carried into the game that helped us see it through, and we need to continue to ride the crest of the wave going forward. If we can keep our form going up to the Chelsea game then why can`t we give them a run for their money? Bradford came from 2-0 down to beat them in the FA Cup last season and that was at Stamford Bridge, so stranger things have happened.
However, I`m still convinced we`ll lose at Blackpool on Saturday. I`ve thought it for about the last 10 days and I can`t shake the feeling. Hope I`m wrong, but I`d take a point if it was offered now.
Date:Thursday August 27 2015
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