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MANAGER: We want to be in the hat

Paul Simpson on tonight's Carabao Cup first-round tie

8 August 2023

Club News

MANAGER: We want to be in the hat

Paul Simpson on tonight's Carabao Cup first-round tie

8 August 2023

With the first league game of the season done and dusted it’s on to Carabao Cup action for the Blues on Tuesday as they make the trip across to North Yorkshire to face League Two side Harrogate Town in the first-round of the competition.

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“We’re going into the game on Tuesday wanting to be in the second round,” manager Paul Simpson said.

“I won’t be making changes to get knocked out, I want to go to Harrogate and get a result to set ourselves up with a bit of confidence to go into the next league game.

“People can talk about what’s gone before when we’ve played Harrogate, but forget it. Let’s just go and play the game of football, it’s not about any of that, it’s just about Tuesday.

“We want to be in the hat, but we have to win this game first. Forget about what could happen in the next round, we have to do our job on Tuesday.

“We’ll get the players recovered then we’ll travel to Harrogate and hope we can go and play with the same type of energy and the same type of control we showed on Saturday. Hopefully that will see us through.

“We’ve laid a bit of a marker down with Saturday’s performance but we’ve also given ourselves some questions and things we need to do better.”

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“There will be changes made,” he confirmed. “Not wholesale but there will be some, to make sure that we’re right and to keep everybody involved.

“It’s a game we want to go and win, I want to be into the next round of the cup and we’ve got a good opportunity if we do it properly. 

“That’s the only thing I’m thinking about. I don’t care whatever’s happened in the past. We want to go there and win. However we do it, we need to go and put on a performance, get a result and then wait and see what the draw brings.

“They’re a good side, they’ve always shown that they’re a good side. They seem to raise it against us for some reason, I don’t know what it is, whether they’ve got something against us, I’ve certainly not got anything against them.

“I think they’re a really good football club, I like the staff, I think the players go about it the right way, and we’ve got to make sure we definitely go about it in the right way, because everybody is playing for a place in the team.”


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