12th August 2014
THE Argyle dressing-room needs look no further than the peg on which hangs the number 16 shirt for a reminder that anything is possible in cup football.Argyle defender Carl McHugh was part of the League 2 Bradford City side that went all the way to Wembley in the 2012-13 Capital One Cup, knocking out Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa on the way; he even scored a memorable semi-final goal against Villa.
Carl, 21, will be among the Pilgrims hoping that Argyle can start a run of their own in this year’s version of the competition when League 1 promotion fancies Leyton Orient visit Home Park on Tuesday.
Greens’ manager John Sheridan said: “Lower league teams are realistic – I don’t think they ever think they are going to win it. But you can always achieve one or two upsets, and Carl is a prime example with Bradford. They went all the way to the final and they beat Villa and Arsenal, so you never know.
“It’s something that players can talk about in later years if you get one of the big boys and get a good result. That’s what you look for and that’s what we’ll be trying to do – get through the game and get into the next round.
“There are probably one or two people who don’t expect us to win the game. But I think we can go out there and give a very good account of ourselves and prove one or two people wrong.”
John will select from the same squad that went down to a 1-0 defeat at Cambridge on the opening day of the Sky Bet League 2 season, with the addition of on-loan Blackburn Rovers defender Anthony O’Connor.
“Everyone’s fit and they all want to be playing,” he said, on Monday.
“Training was really good this morning and hopefully we can take that into the game. I want them all to be ready but I have got to stick to what I think is right and what my beliefs are. Hopefully, I’ll pick the right team that will get us the right result – that’s all I ever try to do.”