The League Cup

The League Cup

OK, we’ve become accustomed to routine wins at Tottenham Hotspur recently, to the point that many of us now refer to their ground as “Three Points Lane”.

However, tomorrow’s game in the quarter finals of the League Cup is a different kettle of fish altogether.

There are a number of factors at play.

Firstly, we know from what NUFC Directors have announced at the so-called “fans forum” meetings, that for whatever reason cups are not seen as a priority by the Club’s current ownership.

Naturally, most fans don’t agree with this philosophy but since when did our opinions count in the scheme of things?

Secondly, in comparison with the team which recorded our latest routine win at “Three Points Lane” on 26th October, United have key players unavailable.

We are particularly down to the bones in the goalkeeping department where first choice keeper Tim Krul and understudy Rob Elliot are both injured. Rookie Jak Alnwick is our current keeper but has very little first team experience – unless you count his time on loan at Gateshead!

Thirdly, even if manager Alan Pardew takes the Spurs game seriously, he might not fully “go for it”.

There are two reasons I can think of why we might see a weakened team play at Tottenham.

As mentioned above, the owner apparently does not see cups as a priority in comparison with Premier League position.

And there is also the small matter of a massive derby game coming along on Sunday when Sunderland visit the Cathedral on the Hill still full of it after their recent successes against us!

Will Pardew risk further injuries to key players at Tottenham with that important fixture up next?

One thing is certain. After the unexpected 4-1 drubbing at Arsenal last weekend, Pardew is under immense pressure to get results in these next two fixtures.

What do you think? As ever, we would welcome your comments, opinions and views below.

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