League form continues to be sporadic, picking up as many defeats as wins, we just cannot get a proper steady stream of victories together, teams have strengthened, as have we, the likes of Wolves, West Ham and Burnley are no longer guaranteed wins, they are up there fighting too.
The cup competitions are this seasons saviour, where we have performed exceptionally well.
You may remember from the previous post, that we overcome a very tense 2 legged aggregate victory over Man City to reach the Carabao Cup final against league leaders Wolves, with the bugged out scheduling pitting us away to Stoke City the day before the cup final, and also a league match against Wolves preceding the Stoke match.
I decided to play a full strength squad against Wolves in the league, as a litmus test for the Cup final really, then field a second string side against Stoke the day before the Cup final, in order to rest as many first team players as possible.
We beat Wolves 3-1 at home earlier in the season, and managed another 3-1 win this time round too, hopefully that’s a psychological block for them with the cup coming up.
After going 1-0 up against the run of play, we finally succumbed 3-1 to Stoke, and except for a few late cameo’s, managed to get through the match without fielding too many Cup final starters or picking up any injuries.
A few other league matches followed, here is the current league standings:
On to the Carabao Cup, how would our boys fare in their first domestic cup final, the hallowed Wembley Turf, below is an extended highlights video:
So there we have it, Cup winners with another comfortable victory over Wolves, I was very pleased with the result obviously, but more so the nature of the win, it was controlled, patient, and we showed good game management to see out the win and keep a clean sheet.
It’s nice to get another trophy in the cabinet, the Carabao cup will sit alongside the EFL Championship trophy from a few seasons back, next port of call, to add either the FA Cup, or Europa League, or maybe even both.
With only six matches left of season 7, as well as reaching the latter stages of the cups, I also need to pick up as many points as possible in the league to ensure European qualification of some sort, a Europa League win would put us in to the Champions League, which would be immense, but we need to navigate the tricky Valencia tie first then rely on a favorable draw, so much still to play for.