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Town Drop to Seventh
Wednesday, 13th Sep 2017 10:12

Town dropped to seventh in the Championship following last night’s matches.

The Blues weren’t in action as their scheduled game with Derby was postponed so the Rams could play Barnsley at Oakwell in the second round of the Carabao Cup, a tie which ended 3-2 to the Tykes. Town will now travel to Pride Park on Tuesday 28th November.

Elsewhere, victories in the Championship saw Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston, who defeated early season pacesetters Cardiff 3-0 at Deepdale, all climb above the Blues, who drop out of the top six for the first time this season.

The Blades, now third, won 1-0 away against Saturday’s visitors to Portman Road, Bolton Wanderers, who remain bottom of the division without a win.

Leeds now top the table after their 2-0 victory over Birmingham with the Bluebirds now second.

Meanwhile, Blues striker Kieffer Moore surprisingly didn’t add to his season’s six goals as his loan side Rotherham thrashed Walsall 5-1 at the New York Stadium in League One. Fellow Town loanee Josh Emmanuel again missed out having been sidelined by a toe injury.

Blues pair Adam McDonnell and George Fowler both played the full 90 minutes as their loan side Aldershot won 2-0 away at Ebbsfleet in the Vanarama National League, the Irish midfielder claiming an assist for the second goal.

Meanwhile, Town are said to be one of a number of clubs keeping tabs on 18-year-old West Brom striker Tyler Roberts, who as things stand will be out of contract next summer.

Sunderland, Brighton and the Blues are reported to be tracking the youngster, whose future at the Hawthorns could depend on his form during a loan spell at Walsall this season.

Wales U21 international Roberts has previously spent time on loan at Oxford and Shrewsbury.

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martin587 added 10:28 - Sep 13
So,we didn't play.🤔

Lightningboy added 10:37 - Sep 13
If we can't beat Bolton at home on Saturday then I fear all the early season positivity (and good will to McCarthy) will be gone by Saturday evening.

Much needed Must win as far as i'm concerned.

PragmaticBlue added 10:40 - Sep 13
Blame MM, we're in freefall..........................

cat added 10:57 - Sep 13
That word 'drop' is something that needs to be avoided. Agree with lightningboy, that after last seasons woes & MM's 'Houdini' like stay of execution, a result on Saturday is paramount. Collectively, the results and points gained so far have certainly been above my expectation levels, but from my point of view it's more to do with the fact that the old habits are starting to reappear, no surprise there though!!

leftie1972 added 11:00 - Sep 13
Too early to panic just yet, a win on Saturday will boost the squad morale which I'm sure has gone a bit flat recently. 433 and plenty of goals will do the trick!

OwainG1992 added 11:01 - Sep 13
I feel we'll beat Bolton this Saturday, At the end of the day we have to be winning games like that.

dirtydingusmagee added 11:03 - Sep 13
hardly a surprise as we didn't play, but we need to make sure we don't lose real ground,and win next match,Listened to budgie game last night, they were not in first half and only fired up midway second, the phone' in afterwards showed things are very uneasy at Carrot Rd. WE NEED TO STAY ABOVE THEM ,regardless of how we finish. COYB

mathiemagic added 11:46 - Sep 13
Saturday is definitely a no excuse game. Only a win will do at home against the bottom side who are truly awful this season. Celina needs to start IMHO. He is the most talented player we have at our disposal and now he is over his illness then he should be played. Just hope MM is listening !!

chrisswailes added 11:54 - Sep 13
I see Cardiff were tanked. I wonder if their fans will go into full on hyperbole mode too...

oldblue added 11:57 - Sep 13
After the trials of last season i can understand fans being a liittle impatient...however we have brought in new players who would normally take time to settle in ..but they have had injuries also ..we have'nt even seen a couple of them yet addition established players Chambers Smith and Webster are all out.
It is not time to berate the manager just yet..we would have settled for this start before a ball had been kicked...and we have not had any embarrassing defeats albeit we were clearly second best to Fulham .
Lets wait a few games before we lose the faith..I dont like the MM way of playing but with this improved squad and some emerging young talent we will get better and results will follow.
Its great to be above Norwich but that must not be the benchmark to our season...the overall message at this stage is dont panic many of you are beginning to do .

GFH added 12:01 - Sep 13
Here we go again another season long struggle ahead unless we can get back to the promising August form.

tractorboybig added 12:21 - Sep 13
Boltons first win coming up then

Bluewelshman added 12:40 - Sep 13
MM doesn't win games in September, not since 2013, so fingers crossed he breaks his duck this weekend.

oldblue added 13:17 - Sep 13
not a lot of point in making sensible constructive comments is there ?...not with the negative comments ...thank heavens none of you are trying to motivate the players..your pre match talk would go something like this.....
'Now look lads there's no point in trying too hard you are useless anyway the fans expect us to lose so lets meet their expectations. ' !!!!!!

Churchman75 added 13:24 - Sep 13
I'd take 12th position now

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 14:03 - Sep 13
Notice Naarwich couldn't manage to beat lowly Burton last night. Don't expect they are over the moon about that. Agree we must beat even more lowly Bolton; otherwise, we will be back to square one.

dusty added 14:04 - Sep 13
The worst thing we can do is to tell McCarthy to play Celina from the start. If he is true to past form, supporters will be ignored.

dirtydingusmagee added 14:09 - Sep 13
leftie1972, its not so much people panicking, I think its just the worry that, after the promising start ,Mick'' bottles it '' and returns to his dour tactics. We have some decent players available that get overlooked ,ignored, because he is not willing or able to change his old ways. Once a team slides down the table, it can be difficult to claw their way back, .Consistency is the key to success.

Ferguson added 15:49 - Sep 13
It'll be interesting to see if Celina starts. In a three behind our Glasgow imports ?

Home win, and up the EFL we go !


Sam added 15:54 - Sep 13
We have to beat Bolton on Saturday as IMO, we probably won't get anything from the Leeds match. Also, we didn't play on Tuesday so it's not our fault.

santiagomudez added 17:18 - Sep 13
Looking forward to the game Saturday. Bolton with their financial troubles are one of the worst teams in the Championship for many years.

Hopefully there will be a change from the 4-4-2, which has not worked the last two games.

I would prefer 3-5-2 with Knudsen one of the centre backs and Celina just behind the striker/strikers.

A win will make it a great start to the season all things considered, still lots of players to return from injury.


oldelsworthyfan added 17:30 - Sep 13
Good thinking santiagomudiz. I would have added 'leave Skuse on the bench'. I think he's the biggest problem for us making real progress. Wherever we travel the opposition supporters I chat with love Skuse because they see he's useless. Sorry MM.

therein61 added 18:05 - Sep 13
You are spot on "oldelsworthyfan" why this man has the arm band is beyond me Mick will always have him in the team(god knows why) but to give the skippers job to a man who would struggle to get into a div1 side at best is gobsmacking a captain is supposed to command respect from his fellow pro's and drive his team on not piddle about trying to keep up with the game week in week out, just get him out now!!!!!

Westy added 18:45 - Sep 13
Whenever MM puts out a weakened team In a Cup match, we lose and go on to successive defeats in the League. By all accounts, the youthful team that MM put out against Palace did the Club proud and I commend them for that, but I would always play the strongest team. Had we done so we may have still lost, perhaps by more goals - that's football, but the idea that by playing a 'weaker' team against Palace in the League Cup we would be more likely to beat Fulham on the following Saturday is ludicrous. We were well beaten. Consider also the fact that there was a international break after the Fulham game. If a player is injured, play the younger or youngsters then, but never knowingly weaken the Team for any match. It always back-fires and has detrimental effects for several matches after until we eventually get back to winning ways. MM broke the winning run by doing exactly that - knowingly playing a weaker team ( against Palace) in the vain belief it would improve our league performances. It never does.

carlo88 added 19:26 - Sep 13
Glad we didn't play yesterday - we would have been beaten and the break should renew focus and aid the injured. Celina has to start Saturday.

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