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Connolly Makes Debut at QPR
Saturday, 9th Sep 2017 14:08

New loanee Callum Connolly has been handed his Blues debut in this afternoon’s game at QPR.

On-loan Everton man Connolly looks set to line-up at right-back with Dominic Iorfa joining Jordan Spence at the centre of the defence and Jonas Knudsen returning to left-back.

Manager Mick McCarthy could opt to start in a 4-4-2 system with Martyn Waghorn on the left, Grant Ward on the right and Cole Skuse and Flynn Downes in the middle with Joe Garner partnering David McGoldrick up front.

Alternatively, the Blues could start 4-3-3 with Garner, McGoldrick and Waghorn up front.

Bersant Celina, who is celebrating his 21st birthday today, is on the bench alongside Freddie Sears and Myles Kenlock, as is Tom Adeyemi for the first time since his summer move to the Blues.

QPR make three changes with Jack Robinson, Alex Baptiste and Pawel Wszolek replacing Steven Caulker, Darnell Furlong and Matt Smith.

QPR: Smithies, Bidwell, Onuoha (c), Freeman, Washington, Scowen, Mackie, Robinson, Baptiste, Luongo, Wszolek. Subs: Lumley, Furlong, Manning, Smith, Osayi-Samuel, LuaLua, Wheeler.

Town: Bialkowski, Connolly, Iorfa, Spence, Knudsen, Skuse (c), Downes, Ward, Waghorn, McGoldrick, Garner. Subs: Gerken, Celina, Adeyemi, Rowe, Sears, Kenlock, Woolfenden. Referee: Andy Davies (Hampshire).

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TimmyH added 14:20 - Sep 9
Connolly straight in!...Knudsen back out to the LB again which doesn't bloat my boat and once again Kenlock drops to the bench, will he ever get a run of games?

The rest of the starting 11 isn't surprising but I'm getting the feeling Celina will not be a regular starter if at all during his time here. Draw for me today which won't be too bad on the face of it.

muccletonjoe added 14:21 - Sep 9
we know we will get some bite from Downes in midfield but we need skuse and ward to step up and put in a shift as well if we are going to see more of the ball than we did v fulham

BlueArrow added 14:23 - Sep 9
First away game I've missed this season due to family commitments would take a point now but three to keep the run going would be fantastic.

muhrensleftfoot added 14:27 - Sep 9
I thought Iorfa was very poor v Fulham. Better for him to drop to the bench, leave Knudsen at left central with Spence. Connolly at RB and Kenoock LB

yungblue added 14:31 - Sep 9
Iorfa looked very poor against Fulham. He looks like a sprinter in football boots, can't control the ball and looks like he has a mistake in him.

4-3-1-2 with mcgoldrick off the front two.

Chicago_Blue added 14:59 - Sep 9
Agree that the back 4 should be Kenlock, Knudsen, Spence and Connolly, with Iorfa on the bench. Shame Kenlock doesn't make the 11.

SouthBucksBlue added 15:51 - Sep 9
Iorfa has played the first half very well.

runningout added 15:59 - Sep 9
Iorfa going to have his work cut out.. This is bad. How many blips are we going to have at this rate. Bart is s genius. Too many of our lot need to wake up fast

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