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McCarthy One of Five Changes at Birmingham
McCarthy One of Five Changes at Birmingham
Wednesday, 11th Jan 2012 18:59

Alex McCarthy makes his debut in goal for the Blues at Birmingham this evening, while Andy Drury, Lee Martin, Tommy Smith and Jason Scotland a recalled to the starting line-up.

As predicted, Drury will be in the centre of midfield alongside Grant Leadbitter, while Martin is on the left and Scotland is up front with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. Tommy Smith starts at the centre of the defence for the first time since the Southampton match in September.

Arran Lee-Barrett, Nathan Ellington and Josh Carson drop to the bench, while Luke Hyam and the injured Damien Delaney aren’t in the 16. Full match preview here.

Town: McCarthy, Edwards, Sonko, Smith, Cresswell, Martin, Leadbitter, Drury, Murphy, Emmanuel-Thomas, Scotland. Subs: Lee-Barrett, Ainsley, Carson, Ellington, Chopra.

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footyblue added 19:01 - Jan 11
Clueless
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chiddley added 19:02 - Jan 11
3-2 town
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brittaniaman added 19:04 - Jan 11
I thought Ellington would have been paid off by now, so surprised to even see him in the 16 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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imallblue added 19:06 - Jan 11
4-0 brum
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Bergholtblue added 19:07 - Jan 11
Gives me no confidence at all. Birmingham win. Hopefully by a big score so we can get this joker out.
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alexharban added 19:08 - Jan 11
exactly the line up i would have put out tbf! JEWELL IN!!!!
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Sindre94 added 19:09 - Jan 11
Birmingham 5
Ipswich Town 0
If we are lucky...
COYB
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4EverWatchingBlue added 19:09 - Jan 11
Best team with the players we have available so coyb !!! lets be positives that what we fans should do :D
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ShefTractor added 19:10 - Jan 11
Why the hell is Hyam not even in the 16? After his performance on Saturday he should be starting.
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jert16 added 19:11 - Jan 11
hyam not even in the 16? a joke when u see ellington there.. 2 strikers and no central midfielders on the bench.. regardless coyb!
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del45 added 19:11 - Jan 11
Best player on Sat Hyam not in the 16 dear o dear was he not drawn out of PJ hat.
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Mark added 19:16 - Jan 11
Five changes, that's Keane-esque. I hope it works. COYB!
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geography26 added 19:17 - Jan 11
Ellington and no hyam? Laughable!!
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bardwell03 added 19:18 - Jan 11
Come on guys. Did you not see sky sports news lastnight. Jewells going know where. We may as well back him for the rest of the season. ??????
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Bluetone added 19:18 - Jan 11
Brum 3 Town 0
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derbytractoryboy added 19:19 - Jan 11
Dreamt we won 7-0 last night! I also dreamt I was a dog... I know which is most likely!!
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MrCool added 19:20 - Jan 11
Carson should start.
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WarkyWonderLand added 19:23 - Jan 11
Only 2 fit central defenders we have, says it all. How much longer must we put up with this? St ledger obviously waiting to see what happens over the next few days.
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Garv added 19:25 - Jan 11
Ok we'll have the team we started with on Saturday shall we?

You can't blame him for changing it up, Martin gives more than Carson, I'm not convinced Hyam will do any more than Leadbitter defensively, obviously neither offer anything attacking.

Smith had to be included, Ellington needed a start on Saturday but deservedly status on the bench, JET and Scotland are the preferred front two, Drury deserves a start. Can't complain.

Need Smith to step up!
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s6blue added 19:27 - Jan 11
no chance
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PauloJulio added 19:29 - Jan 11
Doesn't really matters whose in/out of squad because were gonna loose 4-0!
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BROTHERBLUE1974 added 19:29 - Jan 11
3.1 brum. clown
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northstand78 added 19:30 - Jan 11
Luke, leave now son, no matter how well you play he isn't going to pick you.
I would have thought him sitting in front of two dodgy centre halfs would be a kinda plan. But the wtf do I know...
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WoodfordTim added 19:31 - Jan 11
Let's just hope we can get something out of the game. Well, you never know, we must remain optimistic, otherwise you will be kept awake at night, like me. St Ledger must be weighing up other options. Hardly keen, is he?
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bluelady added 19:33 - Jan 11
Hyam was at best average Saturday.... two strikers on the bench hopefully he is going out to attack :-)
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