Date: 14th August 2007 at 3:02pm
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Stockport County and Tranmere Rovers will battle it out tonight in the first round of the Carling Cup, after making different starts to their respective league competitions at the weekend.

Stockport County beat League Two new boys Dagenham & Redbridge 1-0 at Edgeley Park, whilst Tranmere took on League One new boys Leeds United and were beaten 2-1 at home.

And so the action moves to the first stage of the first cup of the season after just one weekend of league competition.

Tonight’s game goes to extra time and penalties should they be required.

Jim Gannon:

‘All the cups are important. Looking back on last year, we took the FA Cup seriously and we had some fantastic performances in that.

‘It generated the income which allowed us to give Adam Proudlock a new contract. It effectively led to the purchase of David Poole and also left money for Anthony Pilkington and Anthony Elding to come in.’

Ronnie Moore (Tranmere boss): ‘Stockport are a big side and we will have to match them physically.’

‘It is a cup game so we don`t want to be too cautious. We might as well have a go because the tie is decided on the night. It’s not as if we can take them back to Prenton Park. We will go there and try to win the game.’

Stockport County Team News:

Stockport County have the same squad available to them that beat Dagenham 1-0 on Saturday.

Conrad Logan is expected to continue in goals, but Greg Tansey, Adam Proudlock & Dominic Blizzard could feature.

Player to watch: Adam Proudlock

Looked dangerous on Saturday and he has performed at League One level before, will be interesting to see how he copes against higher opposition.

Tranmere Rovers Team News:

Tranmere expect Chris Shuker and Chris Greenacre to be fit for the game, and that will give them a full strength squad as they look to bounce back from defeat against Leeds United.

Player to watch: Danny Coyne

The Wales international keeper could be the difference between the two sides tonight.

Match Odds

Stockport County – 7/4
Draw – 11/5
Tranmere Rovers – 5/4

Ref Watch:

Mr Lewis is tonight’s referee, and his first game of the season was at Hull City on Saturday.

Last time he refereed County was in the FA Cup First Round against Huddersfield in 2004, County ran out 3-1 winners that day.

You’ll be able to give your opinion on tonight’s referee on this site straight after the game!

Next Fixtures:

Chesterfield V STOCKPORT COUNTY – Saturday