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Five Changes as Blues Face Lincoln in FA Cup
Saturday, 7th Jan 2017 14:18

Town boss Mick McCarthy has made five changes to his team for this afternoon’s FA Cup third round tie against Vanarama National League leaders Lincoln City at Portman Road with Dean Gerken, Jonas Knudsen, Andre Dozzell, Freddie Sears and Grant Ward all starting, while youngsters George Fowler, Adam McDonnell, Shane McLoughlin, Ben Morris and Pat Webber are all among the subs.

Skipper Luke Chambers and Cole Skuse drop out of the squad having been doubts with knee problems, while Myles Kenlock also misses the game having suffered a calf injury at QPR.

Also not in the 18 is striker David McGoldrick, who is understood to have suffered a groin injury in training on Friday.

Christophe Berra skippers in Chambers’s absence, while another striker Leon Best is unwell.

The Blues bench includes 17-year-old left-back Pat Webber, who signed from Worthing at the end of last season, 19-year-old central defender or right-back George Fowler, who is from Ashfield near Debenham, Irish U19 international midfielder Adam McDonnell, 19, who made his league debut at Derby on the final day of last season, and strikers Shane McLoughlin, 19, an Irish U18 international, and England U18 international Ben Morris, 17.

Town: Gerken, Emmanuel, Webster, Berra (c), Knudsen, Bru, Ward, Dozzell, Sears, Pitman. Subs: Bialkowski, Fowler, Webber, McDonnell, Douglas, McLoughlin, Morris.

Lincoln: Farman, Wood, Habergham, Waterfall (c), Power, Rhead, Hawkridge, Raggett, Arnold, Woodyard, Robinson. Subs: Walker, Muldoon, Marriott, Long, Miles, Fixter, McCombe.

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sidtheswan added 14:20 - Jan 7
If we start to struggle not much strength in depth on bench !

sidtheswan added 14:20 - Jan 7
If we start to struggle not much strength in depth on bench !

Keaneish added 14:22 - Jan 7
That's only 10. Who's the 11th? Lawrence?

Fat_Boy_Tim added 14:23 - Jan 7
"Gerken, Emmanuel, Webster, Berra (c), Knudsen, Bru, Ward, Dozzell, Sears, Pitman - " Someone is missing!

dirtydingusmagee added 14:25 - Jan 7
just said on radio ,more oppo supporters than home ,says it all WAKE UP MARCUS EVANS !

Fat_Boy_Tim added 14:25 - Jan 7
must be Lawrence, good shout.

dukey44 added 14:26 - Jan 7
Lawrence is playing too

christiand added 14:28 - Jan 7
Obviously, MM is feeling confident starting with 10 men!?

Global_Blue added 14:28 - Jan 7
That's what I want to see from the team, - bit of confidence. We don't need 11 men to beat the non-leaguers so we're only naming a ten man team! 🙂


Kirbmeister added 14:28 - Jan 7
Sidtheswan - I don't care who's on the bench if we can't beat a non league side with our first 11 we may as well give up!

carsey added 14:28 - Jan 7
I agree with sidtheswan unless you consider Douglas a game changer. I think McCarthy has got his excuse for loosing in the bag already. An injury forces a change and no one with experience to come on.
Or the sub scores a hat trick and McCarthy is a footballing genius

Dissboyitfc added 14:29 - Jan 7
we always have ten when Douglas is on the pitch anyway!

Thankfully Its Lawrence!

dukey44 added 14:30 - Jan 7
Just want to see Freddie bang in a few to help reawaken him !! Lawrence will surely have a great game too?

braveblue added 14:35 - Jan 7
Williams, Bishop and McGoldrick all injured. What a shock!!

warktheline added 14:37 - Jan 7
"Douglas a game changer ", that he certainly is, when he comes on guaranteed not to win!

dirtydingusmagee added 14:37 - Jan 7
obviously we will have greater number of supporters ,but it shows dwindling interest .

muccletonjoe added 14:37 - Jan 7
both McDonnell and Morris could have real impact from the bench

chrishants added 14:39 - Jan 7
We are used to playing with 10 men ( when different class is included )

michael99 added 14:39 - Jan 7
We play with 10 men every time Douglas plays anyway! Oh well he is on the bench so he will come on second half to protect a lead them we will concede.we always do him in the side

geminimustang added 14:42 - Jan 7
Let's just go over the comments from the past few years where people were rightly complaining that MM didn't put out strong enough teams for the FA Cup.This time,he has,allowing for injuries over which he has no control.Nothing to be negative about,good team vs lowly Lincoln so my prediction is a comfortable win for ITFC followed by all the negativity some on this forum can muster.

righty added 14:53 - Jan 7
Injuries I don't think so more like excuses just in case we get turned over bet McCarthy OUTFIT

righty added 15:11 - Jan 7
Super Mick McCarthy super super Mick only 1.0 down after 10 mins

brittaniaman added 15:29 - Jan 7
It takes Our super Loan Player to equalise !!!!

righty added 15:42 - Jan 7
Lincoln completely outplaying Super Micks top blokes

dirtydingusmagee added 16:06 - Jan 7
embarrassing but no surprise ,think we will prob nick it ,that will give Mick his ego boost,and keep him in the job,

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