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Mark Crossley looking to take EFL Trophy seriously

Joe Jones

Mark Crossley insists that the EFL Trophy should not be seen as a waste of time, claiming that the opportunity to play at Wembley makes the tournament worthwhile.

The competition has been under criticism by fans for the inclusion of Premier League academy teams this year.

However, the Notts County assistant manager is treating it seriously, and wants his players to treat tonight's game at Rochdale with respect.

"We want to win the game it's as simple as that," he told reporters.

"The game against Hartlepool down here showed that it was the start of something good for us.

"It was our first win at home so we always take it very seriously.

"I have been with a manager who has won this competition (in John Sheridan at Chesterfield), so when you get to the semi-final and the final, it's special.

"You get to play at Wembley so what more do lads at this level want?"

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why do we lose when a manager or assistant manager decides to say something like this? in fact the same could be said about the players who say we will play well or whatever.

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