QUOTES: Pulis Hates Cup Competitions & That’s Great For Palace

1 Posted by - October 30, 2018 - News

Crystal Palace make the long trip up to Middlesbrough for a League Cup tie on Wednesday night and whilst, on paper, it looks like a less than enticing prospect for the Eagles, Boro boss Tony Pulis has at least given us hope of advancing to the next round with his pre-match comments. 

Our former gaffer is currently in the middle of a brutal promotion race at the top of the Championship, where just seven points separate the top 12 teams. Given his employers’ recent shaky form, they’ve now been replaced at the top by Sheffield United and could drop down as low as sixth if they fall to defeat against Stoke City this weekend. With that in mind, the baseball cap loving Welshman is keen to make changes against Palace and has been quick to warn supporters well in advance of the line-ups being announced. 

Pulis has never been a fan of cup competitions and this season, he was unlikely to change the habits of a lifetime. Whilst there is a certain romance attached to a long cup run, he knows that promotion back to the top flight is his primary aim at The Riverside Stadium, with chairman Steve Gibson having made his objectives clear when handing him the job back in December of 2017. 

You can be pretty sure of Roy Hodgson making a host of changes too, given our looming trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday but with Palace’s squad depth undeniably stronger than Boro’s as things stand, we can all be hopeful of a result similar to the one we picked up away at West Brom in the last round. 

Having beaten both Swansea and the Baggies away from home to get to this stage, it would be nice to think we’ll be rewarded with a home tie next time out if we do manage to make it past Pulis’ men on Wednesday evening. Should we get beyond this stage, dreams of a Wembley appearance will start to look feasible, which is always a welcome distraction from the weekly grind of the Premier League. 

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3 Comments

  • Eric The Ninja October 30, 2018 - 6:31 pm Reply

    Good opportunity to give fringe players a chance and give minutes to Wickham or Sorloth. I’d like to see Kakai and Kirby involved too.

  • Gordon October 30, 2018 - 9:00 pm Reply

    Agreed, ETN. Looking forward to seeing the team selection. Wickham or Sorloth – or, maybe, Wickham & Sorloth for at least part of the game. Maybe Kirby & Meyer might play together at some stage. I think Punch is bound to play.
    Have to say I find these cup games less pressurised but interesting nevertheless. I’d love us to have a good cup run.

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh October 31, 2018 - 9:48 am Reply

    Usually i’d be inclined to agree but surely Pulis will want to get one over on Palace after all the money he had repay?

    Completely agree with other comments on squad selection; give the young boys a chance. Kirby, Lumeka (returned from Orient?), Woods and McGregor. Run outs for Guatia, Williams, Wickham and Souare would also be nice.

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