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This is an interesting one Gregory. If I remember rightly there were a lot of very strong views on this subject last year when Arry first came on board. At that time we were obviously in a very nasty position as far as the league position was concerned and when a cup game came up there was a lot of debate as to whether or not Arry should go for it with the first teamers or play some of the reserves and keep the better players fit to try and help us out of the bottom 3.
I imagine this post will get the same opinions posted although of course the position is now completely different. Instead of fighting for our PL survival we are flying high. Interestingly the question still is worth asking. Last year I was very firmly of the opinion that we should play the reserves in the cup game and keep out first teamers fit for the league. That was on the basis that PL survival was absolutely way above a piece of silverware in terms of worth to the club.
Now I am in two minds. Manure are playing thier kids and if we lose to them with our first team what will it do to our confidence? and if we win then everybody will say "so we should have done" so we cant win either way really.
On balance ( and this is mostly cos I don't rate this cup anyway apart from the Ar$e baiting power it provides) I would say give the fringe players a run out. You never know when we might need them to step up to the plate later this year and this experience may be useful then.
Welcome back Sfer,
I think we should always go to win every game..simple as that. If 'arry believes he can do that by playing Johnny Two Saints (I wish I had a name like that) and Bale and Keane - oops isn't that a first team anyway?
The discussion last year was more on the 'impression' that 'arry gave that he didn't want to progress in the UEFA. This time, from what I've heard, he does want to go on in the CC . Although he values a CL spot more (obviously).
I think he'll put Keane/Pav up front - maybe Bale as left mid (or left back) with Two Saints then left mid. Jenas/Palacios/Bentley. The back line then being Naughton/Daws/Bassong/Bale.
To me that team has enough quality to win against most anyway - and as I keep saying (ad nauseam) - the squad has to be good enough anyway.
Here's to the next round...!
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Having said I am in favour of giving some of the fringe players a run out I am not all that bothered about who plays where. I would just like to see some of the players that most of us feel are worth a shot (Dos Santos is one for me) getting a good run out with the added bonus of making sure some of the regulars get a break ready for our next PL game.
If we win then great and obviously I would rather that than lose but if we do lose - so what? I won't be crying about it. As long as it does not affect our confidence of course. That is why I said that we are, to a certain extent, in a no win situation anyway. That is the clever thing about Manure playing thier kids.
All of that said - COYS make my season even better and stuff Manure's kids. Proving old Red Nose wrong is another bonus.
Sfer ..exactly my point, how are the fringe players to gain the experience of a big intimidating ground in a cup quarter final, its perfect timing for them I feel whatever the result, resting the big boys is ideal as we have already had several key players injured this season that hindered our progress (only that the teams around us failed to win, we are still in a decent position) but lady luck has smiled on us that way for a change ...COYS ..blimey i remember going up to Old trafford years ago, when Aleksic got injured and hoddle went in goal, and we still won thanks to an Ardiles curler into the top corner (great memories) ...