CALL ME MYSTIC GRAHAM!
I HAD a most spooky experience this week. I told both my chairman and
captain in separate conversations that
after we beat Ipswich in the League Cup,
we would draw Everton at Goodison Park.
I was convinced it would happen but was gobsmacked when it did.For small clubs like ourselves, cup runs create
They are central to our existence.We cannot begin to contemplate narrowing our focus down to just the League cam- paign.We simply have to deliver the goods in the cup competitions. That pressure could hinder, but I find that
it helps.To know that we have to win cup games to sustain a budget with which we can operate in our League campaign leaves us with a clear focus.
I understand why bigger clubs prefer to avoid fixture congestion.We simply do not have a choice other than to treat each tie as a matter of life and death.