Plymouth replay a nuisance for our small squad

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

Chris Hughton

Perhaps I’m being a little too harsh, but another FA Cup tie isn’t top of my wish list this new year. A 0-0 draw away to Plymouth Argyle means that the Green Army will make yet another trip to St.James’ Park in the new year. In an affair that Nicky Butt nearly settled in the dying moments with a stinging volley, just wasn’t to be and it meant that Plymouth earned another shout at progressing in the FA Cup, in one of the biggest stadiums in England. Chris Hughton rung the changes for today’s game which saw Tamas Kadar, Nile Ranger and Fabrice Pancrate all start.

I know the FA Cup means a lot to the fans including me, but when you’re top of your league and looking for promotion to the best league in the world then distractions such as cups can prove a thorn in a clubs side.

I mean, if we were mid table in the Premier League then I would’ve anticipated the tie at Plymouth eagerly but I wasn’t as enthusiastic come kick off. We needed to be careful to avoid injuries, to the likes of fully fit Shola Ameobi, Alan Smith and Fabricio Coloccini.

Luckily we did and traveled the 400+ mile trip back to Tyneside without any concerns. The draw means another bite of the cherry for both sides in St.James’ Park in what I’m guessing will be a midweek tie.

With West Brom coming up soon this month, we can’t afford any injuries, especially if we want to keep the gap at the top. My headline may be a little too biased but I’m sure many of the Plymouth fans are pleased they get to visit St.James’ Park again 😛

In reality I don’t think there’s a good cup run ahead of us, our squad is too small and we’ve bigger fish to fry, namely the Coca Cola Championship.

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Marc of Plym: ⏱ 02/01/2010

Good cup game today! At a quick glance I thought this was an article by an Argyle fan when I saw the headline! But i think it's a problem for us but for different reasons due to our polar opposite league positions. Especialy since our transfer embargo hasnt been sorted yet and our loanees have pretty much all returned to their clubs and our squad isnt exactly packed with gifted players like your lot. Will be a good replay though and possibly maybe a bit of t.v money (come on itv!) and i dont think either club will be too botherd with the result to be fair! Cheers.

Marc of Plym: ⏱ 02/01/2010

Good cup game today! At a quick glance I thought this was an article by an Argyle fan when I saw the headline! But i think it's a problem for us but for different reasons due to our polar opposite league positions. Especialy since our transfer embargo hasnt been sorted yet and our loanees have pretty much all returned to their clubs and our squad isnt exactly packed with gifted players like your lot. Will be a good replay though and possibly maybe a bit of t.v money (come on itv!) and i dont think either club will be too botherd with the result to be fair! Cheers.

chuck: ⏱ 02/01/2010

Perhaps this and the recent run of poor results will convince the board that if this club has ambitions about being promoted,and apparently they do, now is the time to put their money where their mouths are. There are no guarantee`s it will happen and it`s not inconceivable we could lose out. This side needs strengthening and now is the time to do it, why risk waiting until summer when it could be too late.

chuck: ⏱ 02/01/2010

Perhaps this and the recent run of poor results will convince the board that if this club has ambitions about being promoted,and apparently they do, now is the time to put their money where their mouths are. There are no guarantee`s it will happen and it`s not inconceivable we could lose out. This side needs strengthening and now is the time to do it, why risk waiting until summer when it could be too late.

komfort: ⏱ 02/01/2010

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Pedro: ⏱ 03/01/2010

Not a great Christmas and new year for results but we haven't lost in a while so can't complain. Do we miss Harewood? Can't believe I'm thinking that! Can't seem to get on here much, some page loading problems but I wish you Doocey a Happy New Year and to all Toon fans.

Pedro: ⏱ 03/01/2010

Not a great Christmas and new year for results but we haven't lost in a while so can't complain. Do we miss Harewood? Can't believe I'm thinking that! Can't seem to get on here much, some page loading problems but I wish you Doocey a Happy New Year and to all Toon fans.