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Saturday, September 5 – Carabao Cup first-round
Plymouth Argyle v Queens Park Rangers – Home Park
Mark Warburton believes his side will have plenty on their plate when they take on newly-promoted Sky Bet League One outfit, Plymouth Argyle at Home Park in a Carabao Cup first-round clash.
“Plymouth will be a very good test for us, they have that unity, togetherness and that winning mentality you get from gaining promotion,” The R’s chief told www.qpr.co.uk.
“It’s stating the obvious but they know what it takes to win games.
“This will be our fourth game since returning, as we prepare for the all-important league campaign start next week. It’s a competitive game, a cup game and one which will give us a good chance to evaluate where we are.”
Crawley Town v Millwall – The People’s Pension Stadium
Gary Rowett is covering all bases with his demands ahead of Millwall’s trip to Crawley Town.
The Lions boss wants to see progress on all fronts as his side look to progress as well as prepare ahead of their opening Sky Bet Championship encounter against Stoke City at the Den next weekend.
Speaking to www.millwallfc.co.uk, Rowett explained: “We want to go out there and put a performance on, but at the same time, we’re also aware that the Cup game is a week early, so therefore, we have to create a sensible approach to it. There’s an element of conditioning but in a competitive scenario.
“We want to win the game, but we’ll still be thinking about minutes for players. However, we want to combine that with a performance. The result wasn’t the be-all and end-all [against Crystal Palace], and I don’t necessarily think it will be this weekend either.”
Forest Green Rovers v Leyton Orient – The New Lawn
Jordan Thomas could feature for Leyton Orient at the New Lawn following his loan move to the ambitious east Londoners from Norwich City
Speaking to www.leytonorient.com about the signing, O’s Head Coach, Ross Embleton, enthused: “Jordan’s an exciting young prospect from a big club and one that we’re pleased to work with and potentially build a bigger relationship with.
“He’s a player we’ve been tracking for a while, and we feel we’ve signed a player with huge potential. I personally am really excited to work with him, and for everyone to see him in an Orient shirt.”
Oxford United v AFC Wimbledon – The Kassam Stadium
Assistant manager, Nick Daws, insisted the Dons are in good shape ahead of their Carabao Cup trip to the Kassam Stadium.
Jack Rudoni and Jaakko Oksanen will miss the game due to concussion and international duty respectively. Nevertheless, Daws was in a bullish mood ahead of the tie: “We are all good,” he told www.afcwimbledon.co.uk/
“There are a few aches and strains from Tuesday night. Three of the boys had fully modified training, so they were taken off their feet, but it was nothing major. It was a great session today, everyone joined in apart from those three, but they are not any concern whatsoever.
“Glyn (Hodges) will pick a team at the weekend that he feels is capable of winning the game. Jack’s protocol is that he can’t join in training until Tuesday. He has a visit to a consultant to sign him off and then he will be back in. He’s a young, fit lad who has missed a few weeks, but he will pick it up quite quickly.”
Swindon Town v Charlton Athletic – The County Ground
Charlton midfielder, George Lapslie, is delighted to be back in the thick of it when the Addicks head to Swindon.
“I actually prefer it with more of a competitive edge to these games than the pre-season games,” the 22-year-old told www.cafc.co.uk.
Sometimes in pre-season, you don’t get the same intensity. Even the game on Tuesday night, we had a young team out, but the intensity was there and they brought the intensity and I thought we matched it for large parts of the game. It definitely is a bit different but it is something I enjoy more than a pre-season friendly.”
Sunday, September 6
Brentford v Wycombe Wanderers – Brentford Community Stadium
Brentford stages a competitive match at their new Community Stadium for teh first time, welcoming newly-promoted Wycombe Wanderers for an eagerly anticipated first-round tie.
Bees boss, Thomas Frank, could include Christian Norgaard against teh Chairboys after the midfielder put pen to paper on a new four-year deal with the West Londoners.
“For me, he is one of the best midfielders in the division and was the missing piece in the puzzle for us,” Frank told BBC Sport.
“He makes the team click and makes the players around him better,” added Frank, who also signed Norgaard in 2013 when he was in charge at Danish side Brondby.
“Defensively he is so important for us in duels, our press, and organising the team.
“He is also able to make passes to help us dictate and dominate the game. You can see his work ethic, mentality, and leadership skills, which are growing day by day.”