Friday, 14 August 2015

Posh night out

The draw for the second round of the Carling Cup has seeded us against Peterborough United at London Road, probably a week on Tuesday. With due disrespect to the Posh, it's hardly a blood pulsing draw but given the nature of the seeding again in round two, that was pretty much what you were likely to get. My main hope was for a home tie. Still, we are only 90 minutes away from a possible draw against one of the Big Boys. We are overdue one of those in SE7.

Tomorrow sees a tricky fixture at Derby where we have taking a regular pasting in recent times. The Rams have started surprising slowly, having scraped a draw at Bolton in their opener having had their woodwork battered and slipping out of the Carling Cup at a rejuvenated Pompey in front of 11,000 fans in the week.

No doubt they will fall into line at home and we will get a stiff test. Nicky Pope and the back four will need composure and the same resilience they showed against QPR and, if we are to get anything, we need to be prepared to commit men to attack when we break. Our midfield duo could hold the key to us getting anything.

Whatever happens, we will get another go in the east Midlands on Tuesday when we schlep back up the M1 to visit Nottingham Forest who appear to be struggling this season. I am tempted to say three points from both fixtures would be good but I guess a point from each would probably be better in a way by avoiding defeat and keeping our run going. Momentum is huge in football and I think it kept us going early last season, even if we were drawing too many matches.

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