Aaron Cresswell eyes extended Capital One Cup run as Ipswich miss out on Premier League clubs
Ipswich v Bristol Rovers: Aaron Cresswell has set his sights on an extended run in the Capital One Cup after helping the Blues record a comfortable 3-1 victory over Bristol Rovers tonight.
A rare headed goal from Cresswell confirmed Town’s place in the second round after a deserved victory – Jason Scotland and Tommy Smith getting the others following Michael Smith’s stunner for the visitors.
Cresswell believes progress in the competition can help install the right mentality into Paul Jewell’s men.
He said: “It is our first game of the season so we wanted to win and start a winning mentality throughout the team.
“If we can get a good run in the Capital Cup, it will be good for us. It was not nice to lose to a League Two team like Northampton last season, but tonight we have showed what we can do.”
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The left-back felt Town were good value for their victory and joked that his headed goal was something of a collectors’ item.
He added: “They might have taken the lead but I think overall we deserved the win. The gaffer wants us to pass it more this year and we knew if we played the way we wanted to, we would comfortably win the game.
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“They scored a worldy goal – there was nothing we could do about that but we just kept passing. And their chances of going further were dealt a boost after it was confirmed they would be among the seeded clubs in the second round of the competition.
“That was my first and last header, I think. I got a little break on the line and I followed it in. I couldn’t miss.”
Town have been seeded for the second round of the competition – which will be drawn on Sky Sports at 12.30pm tomorrow – which means they can only be drawn against an unseeded team.
Seeded teams in the second round of the Capital One Cup: Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Hull City, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Leicester City, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers, Reading, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Watford, West Brom, West Ham, Wigan Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Unseeded: Barnsley, Bradford City, Burton Albion, Carlisle United, Coventry City, Crawley Town, Crewe Alexandra, Colchester United, Doncaster Rovers, Gillingham, Leyton Orient, Morecambe, MK Dons, Northampton Town, Nottingham Forest, Oxford United, Peterborough United, Plymouth Argyle, Preston North End, Scunthorpe United, Sheffield Wednesday, Stevenage, Swindon Town, Tranmere Rovers, Walsall.