MATT GLENNON embarks on the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy trail tonight insisting: “We can win the whole competition.”
Town’s keeper has previous experience of the Football League Trophy final, having played for Carlisle against Bristol City at the Millennium Stadium in 2003 when it was sponsored by LDV Vans.
While Glennon lost on that occasion – City won 2-0 with late strikes from Lee Peacock and Liam Rosenior – he rates the cup-final experience among the best of his career and would love to sample it again with Town at Wembley.
For that to happen, of course, they have to first safely negotiate tonight’s first-round clash with League II Grimsby at Blundell Park and, after Saturday’s terrific 2-1 victory against Millwall, he’s confident they can.
“We’ve had a good start to the season and we just want to keep on winning games, whatever competition they are in,” said Glennon, who made several outstanding saves at the New Den.
“But the JPT is a competition we can definitely win and I desperately want to get through, having played in the final before.
“It’s okay people saying you want a run in the cups and you aim for a third or fourth round of the FA Cup and hope to draw a big club – that’s all great.
“But in this competition we are one of the clubs who can win the whole thing, have the experience of a cup final and a really big day out, and we need to be thinking about that when we go over that white line against Grimsby.”
Glennon revealed the mood in Town’s camp is buoyant following their weekend winl.
“It was a fantastic win for us, because Millwall is a testing place for anyone to go and pick up points and we came through it really well,” he said. “We had to defend as though our lives depended on it in the second half, but I thought Nathan Clarke and Richard Keogh did well together and I was pleased with my own performance. I remember looking up at one stage thinking ‘blimey, we’re holding on here’ and there were only 70 minutes on the clock!
“It was that sort of game, it seemed to be moving all the time with little or no break, but we defended fantastically as a team and got a really good win.
“We weren’t playing Brazilian football or anything like that, but Boothy got us a tremendous goal, Malvin (Kamara) went even better and then we really dug in and played solidly.”
Town will wear their new orange kit tonight.
Meanwhile, the Reserves’ scheduled match at Chester City tomorrow is postponed. The Pontin’s League Cup tie will now be played on Wednesday October 3 at the Deva (2.00).
Home to Walsall has also been brought forward to Tuesday, October 23 (7.00).
Grimsby – Barnes, Mulligan, Whittle, Fenton, Newey, Till, Boshell, Hunt,Toner, Rankin, Jones. Subs: North, Montgomery, Bore, Taylor, Clarke.
Town – Glennon, Eastwood, Hardy, Clarke N, Keogh, Skarz, Collins, Holdsworth, Kamara, Brandon, Booth, Beckett, Akins, Clarke T, Young, Racchi, Killock, Bailey, Akins, Malcher.
Referee – Michael Oliver (Northumberland).