Cup comps are based on luck and circumstance, if we have an easy route like 2015 and get to the semi's or final I'd expext to play a stronger team, if it interferes with an important league or CL match we will need to rest players, either way although it would be nice to win we shouldn't be bothered if we are knocked out if it causes a distraction.
After his performance in the youth game, he should get more than 30 minutes. A start would be the best way for us to see how he fares against bigger players. Plus this could be his breakout game that makes him a viable option for Poch to call on in the league.
The attendance v Gillingham last year was about 26,000. At a guess, half of those were probably ST holders ( or their nominated seat warmers) who went because it was included as part of the annual package. It will be interesting to see if last year's attendance will be exceeded. At the moment, my money is firmly on NOT.