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Coppell Cop Out!!

Coppell Cop Out!!

Reading boss Steve Coppell has decided to field a Reserve team for the FA Cup third round clash with the Clarets this Saturday

Coppell says his decision is in-keeping with an established policy for cup games.

Steve Coppell is quoted as saying to Sky Sports 'This is no disrespect to Burnley - I would have done this if we had been playing Arsenal at home or anybody at home. This was something I had in my mind as soon as the third round draw was made.

'We won't be remembered for whatever we do in the FA Cup this year. This club has been in the FA Cup for the last 136 years.

'They haven't been in the Premiership and that is our priority, I make no bones about that. The Premiership is our personal FA Cup final every week.

'Last season was all about promotion - this season is all about the Premiership.

'Other teams with bigger resources can concentrate on a couple of challenges but that is not for us.

'But it is not as though I'm throwing the game away - I want us to win on Saturday and go as far as we can in the competition.'

Adam Federici is poised to make his debut as goalkeeper. A comeback for long-term injury absentees Bobby Convey and Dave Kitson may also be on the cards.

So what do Clarets fans think about this? The last time a Premiership team tried this against us in a Cup match was Liverpool at the Turf a couple of seasons back and they went away with egg on their faces and a lot of criticism following the Clarets 1-0 win.

This might be a lifeline to the Clarets and give us a better chance of winning the match but my gut feeling is this sort of thing should not be allowed to happen and is unfair on other teams in the FA Cup. Does it not also let the Reading fanbase down? Not that I care but if we win what will they think? Will they not criticise the manager for fielding a weakened team?

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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Thursday January 4 2007
Time: 6:24PM

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Our "reserves" are hungry to impress and will be no pushovers. They're currently top of a league which contains the second-strings of the likes of Chelsea, Spurs etc. and recently beat Arsenal's reserves 6-0!
Rogue
06/01/2007 00:26:00
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i reckon its unfair to bemoan coppell for fielding a 'weakened team' as a reading fan i'm looking forward to seeing some of the fringe players getting a look in - wiht premiership survival the most importnat thing for us you can hardly blame coppell for not wanting to try out new players and things in a game that wont affect where we stand next year!
link201
06/01/2007 00:29:00
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Maybe its because Im an old fart and remember the days in the 60s when Burnley FC then a respected first divisionc club fielded a complete reserve team in a match against Chelsea. They got fined! Different times but I think this sort of things degrades the concept of the FA Cup It just sits uneasy with me somehow although it gives our team a better chance of winning. If somehow we do manage to win then I guess you only have yourselves to blame
turfmanphil
06/01/2007 10:28:00
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I hope you do win it...I understand his sentiment ( coppell ) but...you have to take and play every game as it comes and fight all the way..that is also part of playing with the big boys...
ernshaw
08/01/2007 10:44:00
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