The Reading game finally goes ahead tonight
Folk have mixed views on whether we should aim to do well in this competition. My view is that if we were in the Championship and anticipating a mid-table finish then yes, we should go for it. However, given where we are I think we should treat it as a competitive friendly and give a few a run out. I'd rather we had fewer games to play and I'm not impressed that teams are seeded in this competition....totally wrong.
I like the Royals manager Brian McDermott and he's done well since being appointed last year although they've not had a great start to the season and their fans are pretty downbeat about tonight with many predicting a win for us. It's a tough one to call as I'd expect both sides to rest players.
They've sold Shane Long to West Brom and that's a big loss for them. They still have some good players though and ordinarily would be too strong for us. We'll see.
Here's hoping that Evina, Mambo, Hamer, Hughes, Euell, Bover, Cousins, Harriott, Green and Alonso ( is he fit ? ) all get a start. There were some tired looking players on Saturday..........not sure why so early in the season but clearly one or two need a night off.
Sir Chris should be busy in the transfer market before the window closes. If Benson goes we need another striker and clearly we need another centre back if we're not going to give Mambo a chance. These may be loan signings of course, whatever, some business will surely be done.
I'm not worried about losing tonight just hope all the players come through it unscathed with no bookings and those that've been outside the starting eleven play well.
Come On You Reds !