Originally Posted by Segunda Caida
It honestly does boggle my mind that a lot of mid table and below clubs don't try and do more in the FA Cup and League Cup. I get that if you have a big premier league match early in the season and you're in a desperate need of a win you may rest a couple of key players, but teams like West Ham seem content with finishing 10th instead of maybe finishing just below that and progressing to a semi final in one of the cups.
Its even worse with championship clubs. You'd think they might as well give it a go seeing as trophies will forever be hard to come by for most in that league. I understand the incentive to get promoted will always be more attractive, but if teams are languishing around mid table by the time the FA Cup 3rd round begins, you'd think they might try and salvage something by progressing in the Cup and then trying to not get dragged into a relegation battle in the league.
Just seems strange that a lot of supporters of smaller teams look down on the cups when they represent the best possible chance of some short term success for a lot of clubs. I can understand bigger clubs looking down on it and seeing it as an excuse to rest the elite players (even if I disagree with how little the FA Cup in particular seems to mean) but when you hear a lot of supporters say they'd sooner be out of the cup early even if they could only scrape 8th in the league, it just seems a little backwards to me.
As someone who supports a team who have been out of the premiership for over 10 years, Coventry City, I love any kind of cup run. Take this season we've had a pretty shit time adjusting to life in league 1 but have had some decent cup games, played arsenal at the emirates and have spurs away in the FA cup. A couple of great days out to make the season.
I hate when teams dont take the cups seriously, its a great way to build momentum and the atmosphere is usually a lot more fun than at league games.
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