Lee Johnson is banging home the message to his players that they are not going to Wembley for a ‘day out’ and that he’s determined to do everything in his power to win the cup.
“We’re not going there for a day out to enjoy ourselves. Our attitude is very much that we’ve got to go and win at Wembley. It’s a game we want to win. The danger is that we’re playing a side from the league below, so there will be certain assumptions that go along with that. But we’re playing a team that are flying. They’re doing well in the league and they’ve got a really experienced squad. In fact, I bet there’s as many, if not more, Championship appearances in that Tranmere side than there is in ours. You’ve got (David) Nugent in there, (James) Vaughan, although he’s now injured, and players like (Jay) Spearing and (Liam) Feeney. These players are really experienced, and they can turn it on. This certainly isn’t going to be a walk in the park or a day we can just go into with the mindset of enjoying ourselves. We’ve got to be really focused on our performance, and making sure we do all the bits that go into that extremely well.”
And there was finally some good news on the injury front. “The positive is that I’m taking a session (yesterday) and we will have five players in that session who hopefully won’t be too far away. We had Tom Flanagan coming back (at Portsmouth) which was a good one, we’ll have Bails training, Ross Stewart training, Denver Hume training, Grant Leadbitter training, and Benji Kimpioka training. We’ve got an embarrassment of riches, if you like.”