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Bishop Starts at Boro
Saturday, 14th Mar 2015 11:22

Teddy Bishop replaces Richard Chaplow in an otherwise unchanged Town side ahead of this lunchtime’s live Sky game at Middlesbrough (KO 12.15pm).

Bishop, man of the match in the Blues' 2-0 home win against the Teessiders in December, is set to start in the centre of midfield with Jay Tabb moving to the left and Jonny Parr to the right.

Dean Gerken, whose wife gave birth yesterday, continues in goal with Bartosz Bialkowski on the bench with Paddy Kenny also having made the trip.

Chaplow drops to the bench alongside Kevin Bru, who is back after his knee injury. Stephen Hunt travelled having recovered from his hamstring problem but is not in the 18, but David McGoldrick remained in Suffolk but is likely to be in the squad for the home game against Bolton on Tuesday.

Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos, Kalas, Ayala, Gibson, Friend, Leadbitter, Clayton, Adomah, Reach, Bamford, Vossen. Subs: Ripley, Woodgate, Forshaw, Nsue, Whitehead, Tomlin, Kike.

Town: Gerken, Chambers (c), Mings, Smith, Berra, Skuse, Bishop, Parr, Tabb, Murhy, Sears. Subs: Bialkowski, Clarke, Anderson, Chaplow, Bru, Varney, Wood. Referee: Mike Jones (Chester).

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KiwiTractor added 11:25 - Mar 14
Good luck lads

jas0999 added 11:26 - Mar 14
No real surprise. Tabb always likely to start. I am pleased Bishop replaces Chaplow. Bishop far more attacking and creative. Probably the best selection considering the options we have available.

harmitfc added 11:27 - Mar 14
At the ground waiting for us to get three points. COYB!

lozklein added 11:27 - Mar 14
Bit of a lightweight centre midfield?? vs Leadbitter?!!

unknown100 added 11:28 - Mar 14
Tabb.... Seriously, a left midfielder is meant to provide crosses, push the full back back, help counter attacks, chip in with some goals, provide pace and width, and we have jay tabb who was told he could leave the club now is starting every week, think we will lose today, don't think we are good enough to go and beat any of the top 6 now, we aren't going to attack them, just sit back and hope something goes in our favour, going to be some very unhappy people if we do lose

Fatboy added 11:34 - Mar 14
Let's hope we keep Leadbitter as quiet as he was at PR. Bishop ran the show that day with his composure on the ball and eye for a pass. More of the same today, please. COYB!

Bluebell added 11:37 - Mar 14
Congratulations to Dean Gerkin. Fantastic that he travelled when his wife gave birth yesterday!

Let's hope he ahs the game of hsi life today.


neillrumsey added 11:37 - Mar 14
Very pleased with the selection of Bishop creativity. Although fully expected agree that the Tabb selection is hard to comprehend and also Gerken after a very shaky return last week. Result is more important than the selection COYB

Bluebell added 11:38 - Mar 14
Just realised I spelt Gerken wrong and there is no edit button on here.

Bluebell added 11:39 - Mar 14
I also spelt 'has' and 'his' incorrectly. Time for a drink methinks.

MrBloo added 11:42 - Mar 14
So, Cameron Stewart has his best performance of the season for the U 21's and can't even get a spot on the bench when we are crying out for a little bit of pace and attacking flair.

runningout added 11:49 - Mar 14
reckon we are still a bit sHoRT in midfield.. and slow in adding to our decent squad

Blue_Heath added 11:51 - Mar 14
Less hoofball, passing back please more passes on the floor and pass forwards needed today, play to win not to lose.

rkl added 12:01 - Mar 14
Aiming for 0-0 again, but ending up with another 2-0 defeat?

brittaniaman added 12:02 - Mar 14
WHERE is our speedy left winger to supply crosses for the strikers ??????

Keaneish added 12:04 - Mar 14
Going for a draw. How inspiring...

TimmyH added 12:05 - Mar 14
Makes me laugh that we have Smith now continually starting alongside Berra in central defence and Chambers out of position in right back simply as Mick wants to play Parr in midfield! as we have such little quality on either wing...should have strengthened undoubtedly in January and now the starting 11 looks a bit lop sided.

Draw today for me...but NEED 3 points.

truckerblue added 12:21 - Mar 14

neillrumsey added 12:23 - Mar 14
Gerken is a complete liability who doesn't command his box at all.

neillrumsey added 12:23 - Mar 14
Gerken is a complete liability who doesn't command his box at all.

buddsterblue added 12:23 - Mar 14
Late to say I could see it happening, mick please change it up like 10,000 other people have said

truckerblue added 12:25 - Mar 14
He'll just tell the 10,000 to F off though.

truckerblue added 12:26 - Mar 14
Ave it!!!

ip5w1ch added 12:27 - Mar 14
Criminal defending from chambers, then bishop, then mings and finally gerken. Regardless of that hope gerken is ok.

neillrumsey added 12:30 - Mar 14
Fantastic response

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