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McCarthy to Make Changes at Rotherham
Thursday, 20th Apr 2017 10:07

Town boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed he will field a changed team when the Blues take on already-relegated Rotherham United at the New York Stadium on Saturday. However, he says he’ll play full strength sides in Town’s other two games with Sheffield Wednesday chasing the play-offs and Nottingham Forest battling relegation.

“I will change the team for Rotherham,” McCarthy told the club site. “I want to see a couple of players come in and see if they can make a challenge for their position.

“We’ve got Sheffield Wednesday here and I want to win that with a full strength team, hopefully playing like we did against Burton and Newcastle.

“We’re going to Nottingham Forest on the last day and looking at how things are going, there could be something riding on that.  If that’s the case I won’t mess around with the team for that either.

“I think I have to respect the integrity of it all, I shouldn’t turn up with a team I wouldn’t normally pick and suddenly get slapped if it affects the top six or bottom three.”

January signings Danny Rowe and Kieffer Moore and academy products Andre Dozzell, Michael Crowe, Ben Morris, Tristan Nydam and Pat Webber could be among those to come into the reckoning for a place in Saturday’s squad.

McCarthy may want to look at on-loan Reading striker Dominic Samuel, who may be available on a permanent basis in the summer and who has so far made only three sub appearances for the Blues, while Teddy Bishop could also get some game time after another frustrating injury-hit season.

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arc added 10:13 - Apr 20

Didn't he also mention Flynn Downes recently as someone who might get a taste of the first team?

brazil1982 added 10:20 - Apr 20
I would like to see Rowe, Moore and Dozzell start - no better game to do this.

Keaneish added 10:23 - Apr 20
Why does he respect the integrity of other sides competing at either end of the Championship but not our worth in domestic cup competitions?

itfchorry added 10:38 - Apr 20
Change of Manager for me

hoppy added 10:50 - Apr 20
I'd like to see Rowe come in... would be good to see if he makes more of a go of it than Oar did last season on the wing... Would save splashing the cash a bit if he comes good, otherwise, I suppose he'll be another up for sail in the summer....

mathiemagic added 10:53 - Apr 20
We just get a winning run together and he damn well goes and changes it. Another performance like the Newcastle one at Rotherham and a tanking could have been on the cards further boosting team morale. The sooner this man is replaced the better. Rotherham have nothing to lose now they are relegated, just watch them beat us on Saturday. Do one McCarthy.

hoppy added 10:57 - Apr 20
mathiemagic - I wouldn't exactly call 2 wins on the trot for the first time this season a 'winning run' particularly. It makes perfect sense to have a look at the younger fringe players in a game like that - and we should certainly have enough options to still beat Rotherham, really.

As long as one of the changes isn't bringing in someone that will be off in the summer anyway, like Douglas...

Radlett_blue added 11:01 - Apr 20
For once, I agree with Nick (I mean Mick). Experiment against Rotherham & against Forest if it becomes a dead rubber. Mick's definition of experimenting may be somewhat different from mine, though. If we don't start Danny Rowe, I really wonder what he's doing here.

hampstead_blue added 11:02 - Apr 20
seems reasonable to me

iaintaylorx added 11:03 - Apr 20
Still massively in the Mick Out brigade, but he has done well to turn our fortunes around the last two games. Play some youngsters, Dozzell has to be given a chance, as does Rowe and McDonnell. Would like to see Morris, Nydam and Bishop all making big claims too.

We have so much potential, why do only bother using it with a few games to go!?! Just need to look at Monaco and realise that kids should be given a chance. Don't always have to spend money if you have a fantastic academy like we do so make full use of it.

essextractorboy93 added 11:10 - Apr 20
Good news to see we will hopefully try a few of the fringe players and youngsters this weekend. As others have said the likes of Rowe, Samuel, Bishop, think he may also give Smith a bit more game time as he hasn't played much lately. Quite a few youngsters coming through and already in the first team squad which we all want to see!

MaySixth added 11:15 - Apr 20
Good thinking.

CalmoreBlue added 11:21 - Apr 20
Promotion was achieved from this division the last time by getting plenty of our own youngsters in the side and aided by the wealth of experience from Venus Mowbray and Magilton, We need that long term plan once again and the likes of Chambo Smith driving the Younger players on.

wokingblue added 11:24 - Apr 20
Hear, hear Suffolk

PortmanTerrorist added 11:31 - Apr 20

"I think if we can stay up this year, the potential is here to build a team that next year would be looking at the play-offs,"

"It's not that difficult to put together a good team in the Championship, if you know what you're doing. You can go out and pick up players, you haven't got to spend fortunes."

Anyone at ITFC listening ?

Nazemariner added 11:40 - Apr 20
I think we need to look towards next season in all three games. F^{k the impact it has on other teams promotion or relegation battles.

Play a core of Bart, Smith, Chambers, Skuse, McGoldrick surrounded by the youngsters and don't play the loan players.

Surco72 added 11:52 - Apr 20
Suffolkboy ... At what stage of the season did Dozzell get injured to limit his first team chances after looking impressive in the games at the end of last season ?
Williams and Bishop have been fit enough to be in the squad on numerous occasions but left on bench in favour of Douglas ?
Kenlock is only playing now due to injury to Knudsen
Emmanuel is a better right back than Chambers , he and Spence are only playing now due to injury to Webster

drewcudders1963 added 12:03 - Apr 20
I think it would be unfair to totally change the side just because we are safe.... we wouldn't be happy if other teams did that if we were still in danger of relegation ! We should play a core of our better players like Bart, Lawrence, Huws etc and bring Dozzell and Bishop back in as they appear to have best chance of a successful career in football...

Radlett_blue added 12:05 - Apr 20
"Rowe, Rowe, Danny Rowe, never in the team.
If you see Jonathan Douglas, don't forget to scream!"
(to the tune of "row, row, row your boat")

martin587 added 12:29 - Apr 20
I'm not a Mick fan either,but yes I would like to see a few changes to give the fringe Lads a chance to prove themselves.Nothing wrong with that,surely.

alfromcol added 12:32 - Apr 20
I'm sure Evans is.

""PortmanTerrorist added 11:31 - Apr 20

"I think if we can stay up this year, the potential is here to build a team that next year would be looking at the play-offs,"

"It's not that difficult to put together a good team in the Championship, if you know what you're doing. You can go out and pick up players, you haven't got to spend fortunes."

Anyone at ITFC listening ?""

jas0999 added 12:36 - Apr 20
I agree with Keanish comments, but equally think it is the right thing to play a full strength team against those who have something to play for.

Rotherham is as good as a win. So, trying a few fringe players is good. I personally wouldn't start with Moore. Sadly he doesn't look good enough.

cat added 12:48 - Apr 20
Great to see some of the fringe players getting a chance as last, but for one game??? I completely get that strong teams need to be selected for the remaining two games, as if we were involved in any shape or form at either end, I would be gutted if another team fielded a weakened team which affected our chances, 'DOUBLE STANDARDS' spring to mind. The big shame however is the fact that what's proved to be a wasted season I feel the lads, specially the youngsters should have had more opportunities, which brings me right back to the 'favourites scenario'.

irishtim added 12:53 - Apr 20
Think that would be sensible. Would love to see 4 or 5 young uns given a go on saturday. A few to start and a few from the bench.

midastouch added 12:54 - Apr 20
I would particularly like to see Rowe given a chance. I was keen to see him come in for the Newcastle game but given the result maybe that wouldn't of been such a good idea! I've been on Mick's back saying give some of the other players a chance. It may or may not work but we won't know unless we try. If he plays them and it doesn't work we shouldn't get on his back right away as it is a risk and a lot of us having been calling for these players to be given a chance. It doesn't really matter nearly so much now given we are safe so it's the perfect opportunity. I had a nice email back from Phil today in regard to an email I sent about the site. I asked him where we rate for wages in the league and he said about 18th (I actually thought we were a bit higher than that). I know we don't compete on money for signings, but I was under the impression this was offset to a degree by the wage bill but it seem the overall wage bill is even lower than I estimated. So the financial constraints on Mick are even tighter than I had realised. With this in mind we are probably about where we are meant to be in the league! That still doesn't excuse the way we've been playing most of the season as even if we were the lowest budget in the league I'd still like to see the team try and play it as best they can. The fact the positive tactics worked so well against Newcastle will hopefully give Mick more confident to go for it a bit more! It would be a real shame if he reverts back to more of the same after we've finally had our appetites wetted against the Geordies!
DmG and Sears looks the strike partnership to stick with so let's hope they stay fit and keep working well together as they seem to be on the same wave length right now. We haven't really had a really exciting strike partnership since Marshall and Mathie. We've had a few that have worked pretty well since but nothing probably as good since M&M.
So let's hope the likes of Rowe come in and look the business as that will give us greater hope for next season.

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