Chorley: We need to seize moment

Ben Chorley. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ben Chorley. Picture: Joe Pepler

Ben Chorley has told Pompey to embrace their Capital One Cup moment tonight.

But the Blues skipper has warned his team-mates the only way to do that is to do themselves justice at Stoke.

Andy Awford’s side go to the Britannia Stadium for the second-round meeting against the Premier League outfit in good form.

It’s the first time Pompey have taken on top-flight opposition since losing to Chelsea in the FA Cup at the start of 2012.

Chorley has the game pinned as a positive distraction from the club’s league campaign.

That has started well 
and the 31-year-old wants 
to see the momentum his team have picked up maintained.

Chorley said: ‘We can go to Stoke and enjoy the game now.

‘But the only way to enjoy yourself is to give a good account of yourself.

‘We can’t go there willy-nilly, we have to prepare right.

‘We’ll go up there, do it properly and get our rest.

‘Five years from now, it could be these games every week. You never know.

‘We have to go up there and put on a show.’

Despite their promising form, Pompey will go into tonight’s match as clear underdogs against Mark Hughes’ side.

But Bradford showed it is not impossible for lower-league sides to make a big impact in the competition.

The Bantams made it to the final last year against all odds.

And progressing to the latter stages of the cup is ‘the dream’ for Chorley.

He said: ‘Our fans will be there and we have to do well for them.

‘Going far in the competition is the dream without a doubt, so we want to go there and do well.’

Awford will be expected to shuffle his pack for the game tonight – as he has in every game this season.

The Blues boss has made up to six changes in the club’s fixtures so far.

Nicky Shorey could be in line for a rest after playing three games in eight days – two of them at wing-back.

Chorley explained the 33-year-old could go again, though, if necessary.

He said: ‘Me and Nicky stay in the same house together.

‘I do the cooking for him, so all I’m giving him is pasta!

‘I’m carb-loading for him to get him up and down the line!

‘He’s struggling to fit into his shorts where I’m feeding him up but he’s doing well.

‘He keeps the ball so well. He’s so calm and he buys himself the time.

‘Nicky is always talking to us. When you get a bit older, you can talk yourself through a game.

‘We’re lucky he has that experience and can get himself through games with it.’