League Cup Review
Hull Tigers franchise manager Steve Bruce re-affirmed everyone’s enthusiasm for the romance of the League Cup last night by describing his side’s 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town as “like watching paint dry”.
September 25th, 2013
With 19 players out of 22 on the field not present in each side’s previous fixtures, Bruce and his opposite number Mark Robins both admitted that winning this season’s Capital One Cup was not high on their list of priorities; Bruce in particular stating his case for the fans who “will wish they’d stayed in and watched Coronation Street”.
It therefore falls to this writer to don his barrister’s funny-looking wig and present to Mr Bruce the charge that Coronation Street does not even air on Tuesday evenings! What’s his excuse now?
The 1-0 win at the KC Stadium was watched by 7,151 fans – about as many as can be expected for the glamour tie that is a League Cup third-round match; Man City only just went over half of the attendance for their demolition of their Red neighbours on Sunday afternoon, as they ran away with a 5-0 tie against the team who beat them to FA Cup glory last season, Wigan Athletic.
Such blockbuster attendances are to be expected on an autumnal weekday evening in this competition, given so many teams’ de-prioritisation of the trophy along with, it could be argued, its organisers – who so often to and fro between a late February/early March final. The League Cup is not without its magic moments though – just ask the thousands expected at Old Trafford tonight to see Man United take on Liverpool in what is so far shaping up to be either side’s early chance at grabbing some positive headlines this season.