Kemp content with Potters
Stoke assistant manager Dave Kemp believes his side can make their mark in the Carling Cup this season.
Last Updated: 24/09/08 8:47am
Stoke assistant manager Dave Kemp believes his side can make their mark in the Carling Cup this season after watching them scrape into the fourth round at the expense of Reading.
Following a creditable 0-0 draw at Liverpool on Saturday, Stoke boss Tony Pulis elected to give his fringe players a run out at the Britannia Stadium; a game that needed extra-time and penalties following a 2-2 stalemate.
Stoke eventually edged past Reading 4-3 on spot-kicks and Kemp believes the result bodes well for the rest of the season.
He said: "The game did fall at a difficult time for us but we have a big squad now and we are able to cope.
"We made eight changes and also had four players out through suspension and being cup-tied, but we were able to put a side out who could go out and complete the job.
"Last season there is no way we could have done that."
Reading midfielder James Henry had the proverbial mixed night as he scored both of his side's goals in what was a mature and eye-catching display, before turning from hero to villain when fluffing his lines in the penalty shoot-out.
Henry had earlier in the game scored from the penalty spot when he cancelled out Vincent Pericard's ninth minute opener on the stroke of half-time, but in the shoot-out he did not demonstrate the same composure. However, at the game's conclusion, the 19-year-old still won the praise of his manager Coppell.
"He's been around for two or three years now and tonight he accepted the responsibility," said Coppell.
"His first penalty was very confidently taken and his second goal was a great strike, despite it being on his left foot. He's actually right-footed but maybe he should have taken his second penalty with his left foot!"