The line-up that Steve Bruce had selected for this game left me bemused and almost despondent when I saw it.
I don’t know why, as we all expected it.
Was it ten or eleven changes?
Not that it mattered much.
I then saw that Boro had also selected a severely weakened side and it gave me a glimmer of hope, so I mooched around for a stream, as there was no hope of me getting to the game on time, if indeed I actually wanted to go, which I didn’t.
And viewing the crowd, it seems I wasn’t alone.
Less than 11,200 bothered to turn up and frankly I don’t blame those that also couldn’t be bothered.
Who wants to pay to watch something that blatantly isn’t anywhere near our best team?
Anyway, the stream failed after a few minutes, so I just did what the club and Steve Bruce did (as much as he said he thought we could win it) and gave up on the game.
You already know my thoughts on this, so I won’t repeat them, but I have to ask what we’ve learned from this game and the answer as regards our best eleven or so is absolutely nothing.
Yes, players have got a run-out, but how many will feature much anyway?
And ok, the kids got a game, but it was against a severely weakened team. Do they really gain much from that?
It’s not quite the same as playing against a proper Championship team is it?
I’m almost minded to say that the whole competition should be disbanded, if clubs of our current status can deem it as not worth winning or trying for.
But then I recall that (contrary to a view I saw on here), the winners do actually qualify for the Europa cup.
If that alone doesn’t make it worth giving it a go, I don’t know what does.