The XI we think Danny Cowley should go with tonight

Courtesy of Graham Burrell

I’m not going to try to call the XI he will go with, it won’t match my experimental side at all.

Tonight is functional, it is like a warm up game or a friendly. In my opinion, we’re not going all in to win this competition and we won’t be taking any undue risks. If you’re driving to Scunthorpe thinking Shackell and Bozzy will keep ’em at bay, they won’t.

I got very disillusioned with the EFL Trophy after the first round last season. It feels as if we’ve written our story in it and we’re just ready to not bother at all this time out. If you go tonight and feel short-changed when we bring Jamie McCombe on or something like that, don’t say you weren’t warned.

I wouldn’t drop the whole first team, there’s one or two who might benefit from the boost a goal or a decent performance against Scunthorpe’s reserves. I would take the opportunity to play some fringe players though and with that in mind, here’s my XI for our EFL Trophy game at Glumford.

GK: Grant Smith


Courtesy Graham Burrell

 Surely a no-brainer, one of the two keepers needs a run out and Smith is the one who belongs to us. There’s talk of him leaving on loan, I can understand why, but it won’t be because we’re looking to get rid.

No, Smith has a future here and he’ll be raring to go for tonight’s game. This isn’t just what I’d like to see, it’s what I think will happen too.


  1. Forget the doubters… they don’t have a clue. Akinde is playing well, the front players link with him well and the team is winning. I don’t get this lack of confidence assumption. It is about the team not individual goal stats… Akinde,have a rest and be on it again at Port Vale.

  2. Grant Smith not on bench Saturday pending a possible loan move. Surely the third string becomes second string and needs games… Not Smith for me. Akinde? Can’t see it. He has just been onvolved in 3 games in 10 days. Even if he bags a couple people will say it was only against a second string defence. The opportunity I expect will be given to Rheady to push for a start with the regular back 4 rested except for Toffolo.

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