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Boss hopes for more cup magic

17 June 2013

Manager Paul Cox will be hoping for another cup fairytale when we begin our Capital One Cup campaign at Tranmere Rovers.

Following a five-year absence from the competition, we are set to make our return to the League Cup at Rovers’ Prenton Park home on w/c August 5th.

Under Ronnie Moore’s guidance, Rovers finished 11th in League One last term and will undoubtedly provide a stern test in our First Round meeting.

Nevertheless, with 14 Premier League teams entering the competition in the Second Round, our boss believes there is a great incentive to win for both teams.

He said: “It’s an interesting tie. We’ll be pitting ourselves against a very good League One side, but there are plenty of incentives for us to win.

“You could find yourselves playing a Premier League side [in Round Two], and as we saw last season with the clash against Liverpool in the FA Cup, they are big games.”

“Paul Ogden [Chief Scout] has been to see Tranmere a few times, but they’re still relatively unknown to us, so we’ll get around and have a good look at our opponents.”

The Stags’ last visit to Prenton Park was over a decade ago in April 2003, in a fixture which had to be re-arranged in bizarre circumstances.

The original meeting, which took place three days earlier, had to be abandoned at half-time due to safety concerns after an individual climbed a floodlight pylon.

Results elsewhere meant that it was a miserable day for everyone as we lost our Division Two (now League One) status, whilst Tranmere missed out on a Play-Off place.

In the re-arranged clash, our side failed to raise the roof as strikes by Gary Jones, Simon Haworth and Jason Price consigned us to a 3-1 loss.

Nevertheless, Prenton Park is a familiar place to our summer-signing Paul Black.

Black, who joined us from Tranmere last month, made 11 appearances for the Wirral-based outfit last term and was a popular figure at the club.

Our boss added: “I’ve not spoken to him yet, but I’m sure he’ll be relishing the thought of going back [to Prenton Park] and looking forward to the tie.”

More details will be announced about our First Round fixture in due course.

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