Whilst the West Ham game will no doubt be very quickly forgotten, I certainly hope the manager has taken time to address some causes for concern from Saturday. Quite how West Ham missed so many opportunities, from close range, simply defied belief. Nolan (unmarked), Reid (unmarked) x 2, Stewart Downing and Maiga all spurned glorious opportunities with Reid’s miss-kick, bang in front of goal by far the worst miss of the lot. I know Pardew thinks we played well, but frankly we were lucky to come away with a point. I know Gouffran showed us his canny, little trick shot, but the Milburn Stand linesman had his flag up for offside anyway (Ed: not for offside he didn’t). But we just look toothless, although Anita looked bright in the centre of the park.
So if Saturday provided little in the way of inspiration, Sunday proved to be a right head scratcher as Joe Kinnear decided to update us on our transfer strategy with a few little pearlers about how this squad is big enough and good enough to see us through the season…. This would be contradictory to what the manager seems to be communicating. He’s been begging for strikers for months, but the grand plan is to cram everything into the last week!!! Absolutely nothing could possibly go wrong with that one, could it?
Pivotal to any incoming activity at SJP appears to be the sale of Yohan Cabaye. The extraordinary twist being that Pardew told us a couple of weeks ago that the speculation was good for Cabaye’s confidence, yet with 1 bid in, the player is rumoured to have made himself unavailable to play. It’s pretty much the exact same situation that we try to create for our transfer targets (Gomis, Debuchy, Ben Arfa) so it’s a bit steep the club criticising Arsenal. However, with no sign of this coming to an end it’s fair to guess that Cabaye won’t be available for this league cup clash.
So we make our first ever trip to the Globe Arena not in the best of states, with no real form to speak of and many fans sick of hearing Pardew’s excuses. With our away form being eye wateringly bad, it’s clear why Sky Sports have chosen this game to be shown live.
Fourth division Morcambe, have had a mixed start to their own campaign. After 4 games, they sit 19th (6th bottom.) Having suffered an opening day loss at Wycombe (0-1) they held Torquay Utd to a 1-1 draw. They were spanked 3-0 at Portsmouth but responded with a 2-0 win over Exeter. In the midst of this, they turned Wolves over 1-0 in round 1 of the league cup. Kevin Williams and Ryan Williams both have 2 goals each so far.
We’ve already heard Pardew using the word “tired” therefore, he may be planning on rotating personnel. With many of our young players out on loan and a growing injury list he doesn’t have loads of options. There are a few of our players who need to find some form and Morecambe should present an opportunity for some of our lot to hit the back of the net. One thing is sure, if Pardew is planning on promoting some of the reserves then their form isn’t great with just 1 win from 3.
Loic Remy – calf – due back for Aston Villa (possibly)
Jonas Gutierrez – Hip – no return date
Cheick Tite – Groin – next month
Massadio Haidara – knee – no return date
Ryan Taylor – Knee – not expected back this year
Steven Taylor 2 more games
Possible Team (4-4-2)
1.Elliot: 2. Debuchy, 5. Yanga-Mbiwa, 6. Williamson, 3. Dummett: 4. Bigirimana, 8. Gosling: 7. Obertan. 11. Sammy Ameobi: 10. Gouffran, 9. Vuckic
Krul, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Anita, Santon, Marveaux, Sissoko
Referee: Mark Hayward
History in the League Cup
It’s had numerous names and formats over the years but hasn’t ever really been very good for United. In fact, I wouldn’t be too surprised if the Football League had thrown the black and white ribbons away, years ago.
84/85 Having beaten Bradford in both legs in round 1, we thought the hard bit had been done at Ipswich with a 1-1 draw, however they turned us over 2-1 at SJP with Waddle notching for us.
85/86 Having sneaked past Barnsley on away goals (Cunningham), Oxford Utd beat us 3-1 at the Manor Ground (Big Tony C again)
86/87 Bradford City dumped us out 2-1 on aggregate with us unable to recover from a 2-0 1st leg defeat. Roeder netting at SJP
87/88 Having recovered from a 1-0 loss at Blackpool, we won 4-1 at SJP with Mirandinha and Gascoigne instrumental. We then lost 2-1 at Wimbledon. (Neil McDonald pen)
88/89 Didn’t hang around very long, having been humped 3-0 at Sheff Utd we won 2-0 at SJP, Hendrie and Mirandinha on target
89/90 Having went down 3-1 at Reading (Gallacher) we recovered to win 4-0 at SJP, but WBA knocked us out 1-0 in the second round
90/91 a 2-0 defeat at Ayresome Park left us with too much to do back at home, where a John Anderson goal wasn’t enough to force extra time against Boro.
91/92 A crazy 4-3 win at Crewe (3 down at one point) was followed up with a Howey winner at SJP, before Peterborough knocked us out with Justin Fashanu making an appearance
92/93 We squeezed past Mansfield 2-1 on agg, then, having torn Middlesbrough a new arsehole at their place (3-1) Kelly x 2 and O’Brien, Chelsea beat us 2-1 at Stamford Bridge (Lee for us)
93/94 Absolutely full of ourselves, having put 11 past Notts County (Cole with 6 of them) Cole and Clark were dropped at Wimbledon, who beat us 2-1 (Sellars)
94/95 With Barnsley and Man Utd despatched, the wheels came off at home to Man City after a Jeffrey goal had given us 1-1 first leg score at Maine Road. We lost 2-0 at home
95/96 Bristol City and Stoke were wiped the floor with (Beardsley and Ferdinand on fire), Steve Watson scored a wonder goal to beat Liverpool 1-0 before sly, cheating Arsenal cunts knocked us out in the QFs
96/97 Sneaked past Oldham 1-0 (Beardsley pen) but ‘Boro turned us over 3-1 at the Riverside (Shearer)
97/98 Des Hamilton and Ian Rush put Hull to the sword at SJP and then Jon Dahl Tomasson found the net at Derby but Liverpool done us 2-0 at SJP after extra time
98/99 Paul Dalglish got us past Tranmere at their place before a penalties disaster at SJP saw Blackburn knock us out
99/00 Birmingham 0-2, me, in a huff all the way home!
00/01 Leyton Orient done over 2 legs (2-0 up here Cort/Speed) 1-1 down there (Gallacher) and a very long mini bus journey home. Then we went 3-0 up vs Bradford (Shearer with 2) they came back to 3-3 but Caldwell got a winner! Birmingham 1-2 (Dyer) and another huff
01/02 Brentford done 4-1 AET (Bellamy 3), Barnsley beaten 1-0 at Oakwell, (Bellamy) with Robert looking mint. Ipswich were spanked 4-1 at SJP but Fat Eddie Murphy in the last, bastard, minute, saw Chelsea beat us in the QFs
02/03 Penalties disaster at SJP after a 3-3 with Everton. Caldwell sent off A 17 year old, Rooney giving us a hard time
03/04 Wasting no time in the competition this year. 1-2 defeat to WBA at SJP (Robert) 47k there
04/05 Having beaten Norwich 2-1 at SJP (Jenas and Ameobi) we promptly lost to Chelsea 0-2 AET at The House of pain.
05/06 Grimsby beaten 1-0 away with a Shearer goal and some lump giving him an elbow. Shearer asked to see him afterwards, the mug dropped his arse. Then 1 of the worst performances ever in a 1-0 defeat to Wigan reserves, they fucking hammered us
06/07 Easy 3-0 win vs Portsmouth, rare penalty success over Watford, routine defeat to Chelsea (0-1)
07/08 A laboured 2-0 win over Barnsley (Owen/Martins) then lost 2-0 to Arsenal
08/09 We beat Coventry 3-0 but things were about to turn to shit. 2-1 loss to Spurs in the next round (Owen) but things had now turned to shit.
09/10 Huddersfield giving us a scare (4-3) at SJP. Peterborough Utd knocked us out 2-0 at London Road
10/11 Our reward for a stunning 4-3 win at Chelsea, was a 4-0 thumping off Arsenal at SJP
11/12 After overcoming Scunthorpe (2-1) we beat Notts Forest 4-3 AET away with a last minute Coloccini goal. But we then lost 4-3 AET at Blackburn
12/13 Ducked out at the first stage 2-1 at Man Utd (Cisse)
Fansrealm – bit of an online forum type http://www.fansrealm.com/morecambe
#MagsInMorecambe will be where we’ll communicate info of where Mags are congregating pre match for those that want it. The Sportsman’s Bar at Regent’s Caravan Park are making travelling fans welcome.
More than needing us to win, we need to see a fluid performance that at least looks like we have a way of getting the best out of our more technically gifted players. I think we’ll win but I bet its dour
Opposition Danger Man
None of their strikers have scored yet this season, that’s usually ominous for Newcastle United
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