I read this morning that 28,100 tickets have been sold at St Andrews for the visit of West Brom - meaning that there are just 400 left available for the game.
So nobody is interested in the old competition any more! Hope the two sides take the game as seriously as the fans when it comes to team selection rather than treating their respective league campaigns as priority.
Apologies to anyone who followed this week’s selections based on last weekend’s triumph. Just a 50% success rate this week I’m afraid.
In my first pick, fortunately the new Manager factor failed to materialise for Charlton, as Guy Luzon’s appointment was delayed by work permit problems. The Addicks did me proud by failing to score in a 5-0 thrashing at Watford.
So one in the bag. The second success came at Tanmere Rovers where Accrington failed to net in a comprehensive 3-0 defeat.
Things went wrong for me at Port Vale though in my third game where the home side beat Peterborough 2-1 - so no clean sheets on show in this one.
My final selection, Ross County v St Mirren looked like coming in for much of the game at Victoria Park. It was 1-0 to the away side up to the 82nd minute. The game however had opened up after Yoan Arquin, who has just joined St Mirren from County, saw red for a tackle on Lewis Toshney just before half time. The game was then no longer the tight encounter predicted.
No cigar for you this week then! Rocked by Blackpool is something they haven't done to many teams this season unfortunately. The club seem to be hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks rather than for their on field exploits.
I can see the logic of the selections but think that the New Manager factor at Charlton could scupper things so it might be worth adding that into the equation as a note of caution. Although if he has that much of an impact they might go to Watford and beat them to nil!!
[QUOTE=John Hurley;bt492]This West-Midlands derby (if that's not a contradiction in terms) always produces goals.
Once scoreless draw since 2008.
21 Sep 2008 West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa 1-2 Premier League
10 Jan 2009 Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Premier League
11 Dec 2010 Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Premier League
30 Apr 2011 West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa 2-1 Premier League
22 Oct 2011 Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Premier League
28 Apr 2012 West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa 0-0 Premier League
30 Sep 2012 Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Premier League
19 Jan 2013 West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa 2-2 Premier League
25 Nov 2013 West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa 2-2 Premier League
29 Jan 2014 Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion 4-3 Premier League[/QUOTE]
Good shout that game always produces goals or more appropriately a goal on this occasion as Villa lived up to their new name of Aston Villa Nil. You have to fear for them during the rest of the season if they continue to have such a struggle to find the back of the net.
Given that Hull City had found it almost impossible to score goals at home in the lead up to Christmas the 2-0 victory over Everton on New Year's Day probably summed up the Merseyside club's problems perfectly. Hull put them under pressure at the back as they tried to play football and reaped the benefits.