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Cup easily forgotten by baffled Hodgson

ROY Hodgson remains unconcerned about his abject Carling Cup record ahead of West Brom's trip to Bournemouth tonight.

The Baggies boss (pictured) has had so many nights to forget in the competition that he cannot even remember its name.

Indeed, Hodgson is also under the mistaken impression he has failed to win a single tie since returning to England almost four years ago.

To be fair to the West Brom boss, his record is almost that bad, with three defeats from his four ties at Fulham and Liverpool.

"I've yet to win a Carlsberg Cup tie, or whatever you call it," said Hodgson.

"I don't even know what it's called and I've yet to win one. So I've got a 100% record since coming back to England.

"I've played four, lost four, I think. That's how it goes."

His Black Country rival Mick McCarthy, the Wolves boss, will be less half-hearted about his own team's involvement, but will nevertheless feature a much-changed line-up when they travel to Northampton.

"This is not a reserve team, it is a Premier League team and I expect them to win," said McCarthy.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce will try to put the misery of another derby disaster to one side as he targets cup success.

The 50-year-old will take his team to Championship side Brighton tomorrow night, hoping to launch a run which will take them all the way to Wembley.

Bruce said: "I have said since I walked through the door, can we win a cup? We are certainly capable of winning four or five games, but couldn't have asked for a more difficult start."