Isn't it about time we ditched the League Cup?
Wigan Athletic yesterday played the biggest game in the club's history. They faced the mighty Arsenal at home in the semi-final of the League Cup, a competition whereby a final appearance would be likely to reward them with a place in next seasons UEFA Cup competition, less than thirty years after entering the League.
Tonight, Blackburn Rovers (again, looking for a UEFA Cup spot) held Manchester Utd to a 1-1 draw in front of less than a full house at Ewood Park.
It's not so much the spectators disinterest in the tournament, it's the teams disinterest that is undermining it as well. Arsenal's line up in a major Cup semi final included Kerrea Gilbert, Johan Djorou, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Sebastian Larsson and Arturo Lupoli. Wigan fielded Steve McMillan, Gary Teale and Andreas Johansson. Man United fielded Louis Saha and Mikael Silvestre.
From my experiences this season, the only thing that has kept it going was the great run Doncaster Rovers had, as at least their fans turned out in force and at least they played like they wanted to win the thing.
Were you excited when your team played in the Carling Cup this season? Am I being unfair to this forty year old competition, or is it time we consigned it to the dustbin and freed up some of the fixture congestion?