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Nsiala and Nolan Handed Debuts at Rotherham
Saturday, 11th Aug 2018 14:15

Toto Nsiala and Jon Nolan make their Blues debuts from the start at Rotherham this afternoon with this week’s other new signing Kayden Jackson on the bench.

As expected, Nsiala, who joined from Shrewsbury in a joint-£2 million deal with Nolan on Wednesday, starts at centre-half with skipper Luke Chambers, while Janoi Donacien and Jonas Knudsen are the full-backs.

In midfield, Cole Skuse and Trevoh Chalobah fill the deeper roles with former Millers loanee Grant Ward back from suspension and on the left of the trio ahead of them instead of Freddie Sears, who drops to the bench.

Gwion Edwards is on the right and Nolan in the centre, while Ellis Harrison continues as the lone striker.

Jackson, signed from Accrington on Thursday, is likely to make his debut at some stage, while Jordan Roberts will also be looking to make his first Blues appearance as a sub. Rotherham include ex-Town keeper Lewis Price on their bench.

Town: Bialkowski, Donacien, Chambers (c), Nsiala, Knudsen, Skuse, Chalobah, Edwards, Nolan, Ward, Harrison. Subs: Gerken, Jackson, Spence, Roberts, Sears, Edun, Kenlock.

Rotherham: Rodak, Vyner, Mattock, Vaulks, Ajayi, Wood (c), Palmer, Taylor, Vassell, Newell, Smith. Subs: Price, Forde, Ball, Williams, Wiles, Raggett, Jones. Referee: David Webb (Lancashire).

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OwainG1992 added 14:16 - Aug 11
Come on your blues!

blueberry27 added 14:19 - Aug 11
Where are Downes, Dozzell and Emmanuel ? Thought at least Dozzie would make the bench ?

paul160267 added 14:19 - Aug 11
Strong team hope Nolan has good start. Shame no room for dozzel or downes on the bench..exciting times

iaintaylorx added 14:20 - Aug 11
What’s the thinking with Downes, Nydam and Dozzell? Really hope we don’t loan Doz as he will defintely shine. Think another season for Downes on loan will do him the world of good and Nydam could really benefit too. But, come on boys - get those three points!

floridaboy added 14:23 - Aug 11
Would send Downes, Emmanuel and Nydam out on loan. Keep Dozzell at Portman Road and with the squad. Needs to get back to full fitness and would then be very useful to have on the bench

afcfee added 14:24 - Aug 11
Really strange leaving out the names mentioned, obviously might be starting Tuesday but still strange to leave ourselves short on bench, especially when Skuse is starting he was our stand out bad player last week.

TimmyH added 14:24 - Aug 11
Little chuckle to myself...with all the chops and changes we still have Skuse starting. Getting the feeling too some of our 'own' i.e. Nydam, Downes and Dozzell might not be seeing to much of the PR turf this season, sad if this happens.

stevelincsexile added 14:25 - Aug 11
I thought we had a five point plan which included getting our academy players in the team. I am not as optimistic as most .I am not sure all these players from the lower leagues are any better then what we have. I noted none of the top championship teams were after them. I am prepared to eat humble pie if I am wrong but I am not as optimistic as some.

unknown100 added 14:26 - Aug 11
Go get some revenge with your new team for that play off defeat

CBMTOBWMMBG added 14:30 - Aug 11
Thoroughly depressing.

We have 3 great young players, our own, who played well against West Ham. None now selected. How will they feel? How will our other youngsters feel?


superbob added 14:31 - Aug 11
I've heard PH doesn't really fancy Emmanuel or Nydam. Wouldn't be surprised to see Josh leave perm and Nydam on loan. Andre isn't really match fit I think. He's been out a long time, probably needs to do some work in the gym!

Mingochutney added 14:33 - Aug 11
I thought Morris did well coming off the bench last week so disappointing he's not involved today

grinch added 14:34 - Aug 11
dozzel not fit enough yet and reckon they will get run out at exeter midweek good to see sears not on wing good thing is they dont have to raise game today as rotheram are still 1st div side hope we can get all 3 points today

Cloddyseedbed added 14:36 - Aug 11
Well I hope Nsiala has a better game against Rotherham than he did last time. I wasn't impressed with him at all when I watched the play off final. I too am a little concerned for this season with too little experience in the team in a very, very tough league. Time will tell, but it will provide more entertainment than the last 2 seasons that for sure.

timkatieadamitfc added 14:38 - Aug 11
If Dozzell is I can’t see why he’s not STARTING never mind on the bench, last week was screaming out for a player like him to pick a pass like the one against w ham. We don’t need Chalobah and skuse both in team(chalobah all day long for me) we need more creativity.
Rotherham are going to be shat again this season and I’m expecting nothing more than comfortable 2 or 3 goal margin win.

unknown100 added 14:39 - Aug 11
Guarantee he will play downes dozzell and nydam against Exeter and whoever impressed, comes into the squad

ipswichdave added 14:43 - Aug 11
Told you all this yesterday. Dozzell and Nydam trained with the U23's. The travelling squad trained alone.

lukey130490 added 14:43 - Aug 11
I swear a minority of our fans are never happy with anything the club does...
"why are we signing too many journeymen" (past), "we have no experience in our team" (present)

stevelincsexile added 14:48 - Aug 11
Sorry Mingochutney marked you down in error I agree with you.

Lightningboy added 15:01 - Aug 11
Slightly (ok extremely) disappointed that we only have Kenlock from our own bunch of “promising youngsters” in the 18.

Really thought Emmanuel,Nydam,Downes,Morris & Dozzell would be integral to getting fans back on board this season?

All a bit baffling.

timkatieadamitfc added 15:05 - Aug 11
@lukey130490 I don’t necessarily think the minority’s unhappy but concerned, it’s a big risk bringing so many lower league players in as many have said on here.
One thing for sure though, it’s going to be a lot more exciting/ enjoyable to watch and only time will tell if hurst has done right.
Let’s just hope he has

Swn98 added 15:34 - Aug 11
Yes TimmyH perhaps MM and PH know a bit more than the frustrated Key board warriors of the TWTD news comments.

TimmyH added 16:03 - Aug 11
Yawn off...Swn, Hurst has learnt that much about him after just 1 game? I doubt it, and even in that he didn't do that well.

Tractor_Boy_in_HK added 16:13 - Aug 11
It's fine to want other players in the 18, but to add someone you also have to take one out. So if Downes or Dozzell are in who is out? If Emmanuel is in, Kenlock would be out. Some would no doubt complain. Tought choices to be made. This is a good thing.

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