Sports: Danny Cowley on why he is prepared to ‘sacrifice’ the Carabao Cup

Sports: Danny Cowley on why he is prepared to ‘sacrifice’ the Carabao Cup

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Danny Cowley has conceded Lincoln City may have to “sacrifice” the Carabao Cup this season.

Lincoln City will travel to Championship side Huddersfield Town in the first round of the competition on Tuesday.

With the tie sandwiched by league matches against Rotherham United and Southend United, and given the lack of numbers in his squad, Cowley intends to rest some of his key players against the Terriers.

“Our focus will be the league,” said Cowley. “We would love to be able to have a go at it [the Carabao Cup], but, here and now, we haven’t got the depth.

“Given how shallow our squad is, we won’t be able to put our full focus into that competition.

“We will pick a team with the Southend game at the forefront of our minds.”

Cowley is set to field some of his youngest players and may even draft some of the club’s academy stars in his squad.

“It will be a huge challenge to go there with a really young team,” he admitted.

“We could play some of the scholars, plus the likes of Alex Bradley, Ellis Chapman and Jordan Adebayo-Smith.

“To go to a Championship team with that inexperience will be a huge challenge for us all, but we’ve got to make the right decisions for the football club moving forward.

“Given where we are it’s a competition we will have to sacrifice.”

Speaking after Saturday’s victory at Rotherham, Cowley added: “We want to win every game. It’s horrible for me because I don’t want to sacrifice any game, particularly not the Carabao Cup because I’ve worked really hard to get into the competition.

Tuesday, August 13: Huddersfield Town (A) Carabao Cup

Saturday, August 17: Southend United (H)

Tuesday, August 20: Milton Keynes Dons (A)

Saturday, August 24: Doncaster Rovers (A)

Tuesday, August 27: Manchester United U21 (H) EFL Trophy

Saturday, August 31: Fleetwood Town (H)

Tuesday, September 3: Doncaster Rovers (A) EFL Trophy

 

“But we have to be intelligent and sensible. We have to make changes.

“There are three objectives for me and unfortunately they’re in this order.

“One is not to injure any key players who aren’t ready to play back-to-back games.

“The second is not to throw any of the young kids under the bus, I’m scared of that, and the third one is not to get beat heavily. The reality is that it’s in that order.

“We’ll go there and give it a right go, I can promise you that. Whatever 11 we play will fight really hard, but we’re respectful of the fact they were a Premier League team this time last year. We know it’s going to be tough.”

 



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