Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Goodbye F A Cup

On Saturday (!) Phil Parkinson has to take the coach back to Sheffield for a 4th round F A Cup tie that looks like mission impossible. United have just won two matches away from home and will be relishing the prospect of going one better than their Wednesday neighbours by battering hapless Charlton. Kevin Blackwell's team talk will be short and sweet.

United moved yesterday to add Chesterfield striking prospect Jamie Ward to their ranks. Ward signed for £330,000 but will be cup-tied for Saturday. Interesting to compare us to United at the moment. They were relegated with us but don't appear to have suffered in anything like the way we have financially. This was a club, remember, in all sorts of financial trouble eight or nine years ago. They didn't own their ground and had to rebuild it from scratch over several seasons. They may have just sold James Beattie, but again, it's interesting that they managed to hang onto him well into their second season in the Championship and his goals have fired them into a challenging position in the table and Blackwell is obviously confident that they can now cope without him - he describes Ward as "a development player" adding that he "hasn't brought him here to replace anyone."

In any event, I again fear the worst and believe we will slip out of the Cup without scoring. I can see United scrapping for a 2-0 win and Plucky Parky saying something along the lines of "despite the result that was a much better performance from the lads - I asked them to respond and they did - we are now free to concentrate on the battle to keep this great club in the Championship."

10 comments:

Daggs said...

You sure about this Dave? I thought it was played on Saturday?

Anonymous said...

tHe game is on Saturday , isn't it ?

bristol addick said...

Are you sure it's tonight - or is Parky getting them out on the pitch very early?

Ian said...

errr...

Isn't the cup game on Saturday, though I wouldn't put it past them to turn up on the wrong day for the game

Compo said...

Dave. Are you sure the match is tonight ?????
'cos I won't be there until Saturday...

Is this a fiendish plan to play the match without any fans present ?

Wyn Grant said...

The match is on Saturday

Dave Peeps said...

D'Oh! Thank you everyone. The thought of attending this game is so far from my mind that I know I have a "free weekend" coming up. I was getting a bit muddled after the Norwich replay and Palace next Tuesday. Sorry. Old age, dementia, Charlton-induced depression etc.

Chicago Addick said...

LOL.

johnny73 said...

Who cares about when the match is played still a good article.

The difference between us and Sheffield United is the attitude of the board. I'd expect their finances to be in pretty bad shape but when their board talk about promotion they back it up by giving their manager some cash to rebuild.

Suze said...

Maybe we should just go to Tuesday...forget the weekend altogether! It would save us all the embarrassment of having another of those plucky interviews!