Crap Cup Craic

Jack Ross has been chatting about tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy tie against Stoke City’s Under-21s. “I think we have to be respectful of the competition, it’s important to stress that,” said Ross. “It’s silverware, it’s an opportunity to get to the national stadium. It’s a sponsored tournament, there’s all these different reasons. Again, for me, it’s learning about the number of games you have. But the good thing for me is we’ve had a number of young players involved in our squads through the opening matches because of the injuries we’ve had. Now we’re getting the senior players back a lot of them will play but a lot of them are first-team players – not just here, but they have been in the past. We’ll make a lot of changes but we’ll be strong. Charlie, Tom Flanagan, Dylan McGeouch, Reece James and Alim Ozturk, guys like that will probably need more game-time so we’ll look at that. We will be fairly strong again. Do you know what, right now Wembley is so far away it's not something I can seriously think about,” added Ross. “Everything I do is game to game and the priority and the ambition for me is to win the league this season. I've already seen how challenging that's going to be. At the moment it's just about figuring out the best team, winning the game on Tuesday and continuing to remain undefeated in terms of this stadium (except the League Cup).”

In other news, the Ndong/Djilobodji saga drags on with the club taking legal advice and despite rumours suggesting Djilobodji would return to work yesterday, he is still a no show. Meanwhile, Ndong is apparently in Portugal looking for a move as their transfer window doesn’t close until September 21.