JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, August 9, 2010
The first round of the Carling Cup swings into action with Frank Simek, Mike Grella, Anton Peterlin, Jon-Paul Pittman and Conor Doyle all hoping to see significant minutes.
Carlisle United – Huddersfield Town
Carlisle United and Frank Simek will host Huddersfield Town in early Carling Cup action this Tuesday.
Simek started and went the full ninety minutes for his new club in their strong win against Brentford over the weekend.
The American is expected to be in the starting eleven once again.
Huddersfield Town also goes into this game coming off of a victory over the weekend. The Terriers beat Notts County 3-0 impressively in their League One opener.
Both teams left their respective games injury free.
Plymouth Argyle – Notts County
Anton Peterlin and his new club Plymouth Argyle take on Notts County this Tuesday.
Peterlin enjoyed his first professional start this last weekend in Plymouth's opening game win against Southampton. The young American played the whole game for the Pilgrims.
The former Everton player could start once again for Plymouth in their Carling Cup clash against the Magpies.
Notts County lost 3-0 in their opening League One game against Huddersfield Town, and is hoping to improve on their defensive miscues against the Pilgrims.
Kari Arnason left the Southampton game with an injury for Plymouth and is questionable for Tuesday's Carling Cup game.
Notts appears to have no injury problems going into their game against the Pilgrims.
Wycombe Wanderers – Millwall
Wycombe Wanderers and Jon-Paul Pittman will play Championship club Millwall in Carling Cup action this Tuesday.
Wycombe beat Morecambe 2-0 in their opening League One game this weekend and is hoping to ride that momentum against Millwall.
Pittman came on as a second half sub and made his present felt with a wonder goal in the 84th minute in their win over Morecambe.
The American could get the start in Tuesday's game.
Millwall won their first game of the season 3-0 over Bristol City over the weekend and will look to continue that form at Adams Park.
Both teams come into this game injury free.
Derby County – Crewe Alexandra
Conor Doyle and Derby County will travel to play against League Two side Crewe Alexandra.
The newly signed Texas native could see his first minutes for Derby County in their Carling Cup game Tuesday. Doyle was an unused substitute in Derby's first game of the season.
The Rams beat Leeds United on a 2-1 scoreline, starting the season in positive fashion.
Crewe Alexandra lost their first game of the League Two season against Hereford, but a win against a Championship team would help erase that bad memory.
Derby County could be without defender Russell Anderson who injured his groin in the Rams weekend win.
Dean Leacock. Also was injured but is a game time decision.
Ram's midfielder Paul Green will miss the game due to international duty for the Republic of Ireland.
Crewe Alexandra finished their weekend game unscathed and appears to be injury free.
Leeds United - Lincoln City
Mike Grella should see a start for Leeds who host Lincoln City in their first round Carling Cup contest.
Grella came on as a late substitute in Saturday's loss to Derby County.
The former Duke University product saw significant minutes in Leeds' Carling Cup run last year that ended versus Liverpool so Tuesday should be no different.
Their opponents from League Two finished in 20th place last season and are off to a poor start this season after losing to Rotherham United 2-1 over the weekend.
Both coaches should have full squads.
Seb Harris will hope for playing time against Brighton in the Carling Cup.
Zak Whitebread could see playing time in Norwich City's gam against Gillingham.