Owls . . .
Undazzled at noon-day
The Carabao Cup starts our competitive season with a visit from The Owls, who finished last season 16th in the Championship on 56 points, level with Stoke City and Reading. Their team manager is Garry Monk, once of Birmingham City and Leeds United. At this stage of the competition there is no “return leg”, so Saturday is a definite opportunity to progress to the 2nd round.
Last Saturday the Owls travelled to the Loughborough University Stadium to take on Leicester City in a pre-season friendly - the result was goal-less, and a number of Owls’ supporters have used the Twitter platform to call for a couple of strikers (sound familiar?).
Quite a few footballers have had the distinction of playing for both clubs - here are a few:-
Adam Chambers (loaned from The Baggies)
The lack of a decent crowd may well remove any advantage we had for being the “home” team, but Garry Monk would not be the first manager of a “big club” to use this competition to field some of his fringe players for evaluation.
Prediction? Very tricky this early in the season, but at least we have scored recently … so I’ll hope for a 1-0 home win, with Josh Gordon netting in the 87th minute.