Gerken One of Five Changes at Birmingham Saturday, 31st Aug 2013 14:06
Keeper Dean Gerken will make his league debut for the Blues at Birmingham this afternoon as Mick McCarthy makes five changes.
The ex-Colchester man comes in for Scott Loach, who took the blame for Leeds’ second goal at Portman Road last week and who drops to the bench.
Paul Anderson, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Christophe Berra make their first Championships starts in place of skipper Carlos Edwards, Elliott Hewitt and Jay Tabb, while Frank Nouble replaces Daryl Murphy up front.
Luke Chambers, who is set to wear the captain’s armband will be at right-back with Berra on the right of Tommy Smith at the heart of the defence. Anderson will be on the right of midfield with Tunnicliffe on the left.
Anthony Wordsworth replaces Frederic Veseli on the bench, while Alan Lee, who signed on a non-contract basis earlier in the week, travelled with the squad.
For Birmingham, there's no place for ex-Blue Darren Ambrose in the 18.
Mick's made a bold move, if we win fans will say they've been asking for these changes for ages and they should have been made sooner but if we loose all they'll do is moan about some of them. Personally I think everyone should stop moaning, mick knows more than anyone on here so lets stop moaning and support our team for once.
Gerken—not surprised. Berra—not surprised that MM wanted him in, as he is clearly one of his favourites; I suppose it was impossible to drop Smith or Chambers, so this is the solution, especially as Anderson may need a more defensively minded RB behind him. Tunnicliffe—clearly deserves it, although Tabb must feel a little miffed. Hyam needs a good game. Anderson—not surprised, even if it's just for set pieces. Nouble—a little surprised by this one, especially away from home; Murphy is clearly an MM favourite and he's a solid pro who lets us change formations away from home. Maybe Big Frank is ready to show us something!
Not happt with Chambers being shunted out to right back. Now we have 2 left footed centre halfs. jobs for the boys that one with berra coming in. and tunnicliffe should be in the middle.still we have to just see i suppose.COYB
Very surprised we have made five changes. Thought Murphy and Loach would make way after disappointing starts to the season. Edwards has also been poor - so perhaps no surprise there. However, playing a CB at RB - not convinced - but we'll see.
Generally glad Mick has made these changes, glad for Gerken, Berra (hopefully now match fit) and Tunnicliffe but a bit surprised Nouble is up front, Taylor still not fit? Let's hope we get some positive displays from these players. Draw for me.
We needed changes but can't see with 5 men dropped how Hyam has survived. Similarly Mick has been desperate to get his boy Berra in. So desperate that he changes the central defensive partnership, the one area where we have looked ok