As the new football season gets underway tonight with the first round of the Capital One Cup Torquay United’s manager Martin Ling is instead thinking about promotion. The Gulls lost in the League Two play offs in May for the second successive season.
– Martin Ling, Manager Torquay United FC
We have reached the play-offs in the last two years and not gone on to finish the job, he told torquayunited.com. I will set my sights at top three for this year with the play-offs as a safety valve, but I do that every season.**
Tonight Championship side Leicester City come to Plainmoor (7.45pm) but it will be a stiff test as Torquay are likely to be without five of their matchday squad. Wingers Danny Stevens and Lloyd Macklin along with fellow injury victims Nathan Craig and Saul Halpin. Billy Bodin is on international duty for Wales Under 21s.
Exeter City also have some injury concerns going into this evening’s game at home to Championship side Crystal Palace (7.45pm). Alan Gow and Matt Oakley both missed the trip to Yeovil for the last of City’s pre-season matches. Full backs Steve Tully and Craig Woodman have also just returned to training. But manager Paul Tisdale told the club’s official website that Kevin Amankwaah and first year pro Jordan Moore-Taylor can deputise in defence if needed.
– Paul Tisdale, Manager Exeter City FC
They are both putting together a very good case to play and keep their place, that is what a good squad is all about, so it is good for them, good for the squad and it is certainly what we need – players fighting for positions
A large crowd is expected at St James Park for the curtain raiser to the season and the match also sees the return of one of the club’s most popular past players as former trainee Dean Moxey lines up for Crystal Palace. **
Yeovil Town have had an unbeaten pre-season campaign and go into the new season as the West Country’s premier side. The Glovers welcome fellow League One team Colchester United to Huish Park (7.45pm) with only Gavin Williams and Rohan Ince as injury concerns.
– Gary Johnson, Yeovil Town Manager (courtesy ytfc.net)
I'm really looking forward to the match. I think the boys are as ready as we will ever get them and it is now just a question of doing the business on the night. The club hasn't had a cup run of any significance for some time now so to progress to the next round would be nice.
Plymouth Argyle will have some sympathy for their opponents Portsmouth (Home Park, 7.45pm). Pompey ‘s financial woes have seen the former Premiership side in freefall and this season will play in League One. But Argyle, who also flirted with liquidation, still need the cash that a cup run can bring to boost their own coffers. Portsmouth might arrive, though, with no senior players. **
– Carl Fletcher, Manager Plymouth Argyle (courtesy of pafc.co.uk)
We have been watching them a few times over pre-season and, whoever they have had out, their performances have been real good. At the end of the day, it’s 11 against 11 on the pitch. Even if they are youngsters, they are going to be very good players