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Mings Makes Debut at Burnley
Saturday, 4th May 2013 11:58

Tyrone Mings will make his debut for the Blues in Mick McCarthy’s promised much-changed side at Burnley this afternoon (KO 12.45pm). Academy second-year scholar Jack Marriott is on the bench.

The December signing from Chippenham Town starts at left-back with Patrick Kisnorbo making his full league debut for the Blues at the centre of the defence alongside Tommy Smith. Scott Loach is in goal and Richard Stearman is at right-back.

Aaron Cresswell, who if he plays the full game will have completed every minute of Town’s season, will start on the left of midfield with Anthony Wordsworth and Luke Hyam in the centre and skipper Carlos Edwards on the right. Frank Nouble and Daryl Murphy are again up front.

Midfielder Andy Drury, who we understand has been told be won't be offered new terms by the Blues this summer, didn't travel with the squad with his partner expecting a baby.

Michael Chopra, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Reece Brown and Jason Brown all travelled - and made a brief pre-match appearance in the Burnley pressroom - but aren't included in the 18. Full match preview here.

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Town: Loach, Stearman, Kisnorbo, Smith, Mings, Edwards, Hyam, Wordsworth, Cresswell, Nouble, Murphy. Subs: Lee-Barrett, Hewitt, Chambers, Tabb, N'Daw, Martin, Marriott.

Burnley: Grant, Lafferty, Shackell, Long, Trippier, Stock, Marney, McCann, Vokes, Ings, Paterson. Subs: Jensen, O'Neill, Howieson, Hewitt, Stanislas, Bartley, Wallace.

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Smithy added 12:02 - May 4
No Chopra or JET is this telling?
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itfc1981 added 12:05 - May 4
Hope so in the former's case.
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Earl60 added 12:05 - May 4
Would seem so, both high earners
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JCBLUE added 12:09 - May 4
COYB's! Finish above Derby & Birmingham would make for a fruitful weekend!!
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georgelamming added 12:16 - May 4
aiming to sign kisnorbo? Cant imagine he would want to stay cosnideration the lack of playing time he has had, however.. wierd that he is starting instead of chambers if there is no intention behind it..
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tractorfact added 12:16 - May 4
hmm yeah Jet, Chops, Martin off the wage bill maybe ??
Martin was always gonna leave anyway, no loss
I think Jet has talent but you cant carry people in this league
lets see, in Mick we trust
At least we can relax today and watch others go through it
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theblueginger added 12:17 - May 4
IMHO opinmion, should be going for it. A top-half finish? Can you imagine that?
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BigAlwasmyhero added 12:23 - May 4
All makes sense apart from Martin on the bench instead of Jet?
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algarvefan added 12:33 - May 4
The one thing you need to win or be promoted from the Championship is consistency, look at Cardiff, not a great side but defend well and grind out results. You cannot afford expensive players who only perform once in a while, even though you know they are better than that. For me it should be goodbye to Chops, Jet & Martin, all have promise but have failed to deliver. Lets go with the younger hungry players, a few experienced older heads and trust Mick to bring in the finishing touches over the summer!
Think we'll win today and win well 3-1 to the Blues
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intercept12 added 12:34 - May 4
Looks like Burnley have the same idea about resting some key players, let's hope for an entertaining last match!
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Wickets added 12:35 - May 4
Martin offered a new deal but on much reduced terms i'm told, TC must think there is a player in there somewhere. Lets hope he is right for Lee he has talent but doesn't seem to know how to use it.
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bluemingood added 12:40 - May 4
Bluemingsuper.
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TrumptonBlue added 12:47 - May 4
Nice fresh line-up, that. Hope Marriott gets a decent amount of time on the pitch and then pushes on next season. This time last year, Lawrence got his debut, but he hasn't managed any more first-team action as yet. Stearman rather than Hewitt is a bit odd, unless Mick already knows Stearman will be joining permanently.
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MathieandMarshall added 13:01 - May 4
Would imagine Stearman in for Hewitt is just because mick didn't fancy having two young full backs playing together? Stearman adds some experience to back 4.
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Marcus added 13:10 - May 4
I've tried to like Chopra but he doesn't make it easy. JET has also bitten the head off a few people. I'd rather have players who have less attitude (and more ability/consistency). Ideally we should work with what we've got but there are times when we need both enhancement and to cut our losses.
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theobald1985 added 14:10 - May 4
tractorfact your heads gone mate martin is a good player and valuble squad member.

surely martin would not be on the bench if he is not being offered a deal.
hope he signs up.

mick clearly rates mings so good luck to him.
its certainly a strange line up but im sure mick knows what he is doing.

it would be strange if JET left as i think he has made some progress under mick and he can make something happen out of nothing

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meekreech added 15:47 - May 4
Would rather keep JET than Martin , less of a liability in the discipline department ! Also more of a final product .
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