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Five Changes as Blues Face Brentford
Tuesday, 18th Sep 2018 19:13

Town boss Paul Hurst makes five changes to his team for this evening’s home game against Brentford with Janoi Donacien, Trevoh Chalobah, Kayden Jackson, Ellis Harrison and Grant Ward returning to the side, while Jon Walters, the mystery pre-match doubt, misses out.

Gwion Edwards, Jon Nolan, Jordan Graham and Flynn Downes all drop to the bench.

The Blues look set to line-up in a 3-5-2 system for the first time under Hurst with Donacien at left-back, where he played for Accrington last season, Jonas Knudsen on the left of the back three and Grant Ward, Cole Skuse and Chalobah in midfield. Harrison and Jackson are up front.

Town: Gerken, Spence, Pennington, Chambers (c), Knudsen, Donacien, Chalobah, Skuse, Ward, Harrison, Jackson. Subs: Bialkowski, Edwards, Nolan, Graham, Downes, Edun, Kenlock.

Brentford: Bentley, Mepham (c), Maupay, McEachran, Watkins, Mokotjo, Sawyers, Benrahma, Dalsgaard, Konsa, Barbet. Subs: Daniels, Macleod, Canos, Yennaris, Judge, Clarke, Jeanvier. Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire).

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Len_Brennan added 19:15 - Sep 18
I've heard of managers who don't know their best XI, but this is something special.

backwiththeboysagain added 19:17 - Sep 18
Pic n’ mix selection, and how the feck is Spence still keeping his place?

jas0999 added 19:18 - Sep 18
Remarkable. Let’s hope this is successful and leads us to our first win. But, quite speechless at the change. Clever? Reckless? Genius? Clueless?

I really don’t know. Good luck lads! Still looking forward to this.

WirralBlue added 19:19 - Sep 18
Interesting to see how we go with Harrison and Jackson upfront tonight. I fancy us to win tonight.

afcfee added 19:19 - Sep 18

CalmoreBlue added 19:21 - Sep 18
Gwion would be the first name on the team sheet for me, but I’m not the boss.

StuartBrett8 added 19:22 - Sep 18
We dont score enough and we concede too many goals, if we can sort the defence out and stop leaking goals it's half the battle, 1-0 :)

BlueandTruesince82 added 19:22 - Sep 18
Searching, i know we need to rest players but dropping our stand out player when we need a win?

2 up top though, I assume?

afcfee added 19:22 - Sep 18
Hope 1 of the strikers can score massive gamble new formation Rb at Lb. Why did we loan out morris?

MooseJuice added 19:23 - Sep 18
I've thought this might actually be our best formation, gives us two up front at least. But surely Kenlock is the best left wing back at the club!? To play Donacian there so Spence can keep his place is baffling!!! Also, the worst bit a bit the formation is the Edwards doesn't really fit in it unfortunately.

warktheline added 19:27 - Sep 18
The two up top is what must have been waiting for! Question is are these two boys ‘good enough’ Hurst!

McCarthy’s ‘cozy club’ continues, Hurst’s ‘Achilles heel’?


ipswichfann679 added 19:28 - Sep 18
This is perfectic our 7 players on the bench would probably still get a better result against Brentford then are starting 11 Edwards on the bench Donacien and Spence both playing has hurst had a midlife crisis

ButchersArmy added 19:31 - Sep 18
Maybe the nysterious injury wasnt Walters. More likely it was Hurst's mental equilibrium. Will be very much interested to hear his excuses post-match.

Orraman added 19:32 - Sep 18
Looks like Spence is this seasons undroppable

arc added 19:32 - Sep 18
This chart basically says it all—and it was done BEFORE this latest selection. (And look who's at the other end of the chart...)


grinch added 19:32 - Sep 18

grinch added 19:32 - Sep 18

arc added 19:33 - Sep 18

(PS The Championship one, obviously—sorry the PL turned up too.)

dommyboyblue added 19:33 - Sep 18
Right formation, wrong personnel. Hope I am wrong though. We only need one of Skuse and Chalobah in midfield not both. This is not a 3 5 2 by the looks but a 5 3 2. Not sure they are wing backs. When you play 5 3 2 you only need one defensive midfielder otherwise we are playing a back 7. Well better safe than sorry.

Brockleyblue added 19:36 - Sep 18
It sounded like the performance at Hull was dreadful, so a drastic change was probably needed tonight in terms of line-up. My fear is that PH can shuffle the pack in all sorts of interesting ways but it doesn’t change the fact that the pack itself is not strong, certainly not compared to many other Championship teams. I don’t want to be disrespectful to the players, but you read through the names of the starting XI and the subs and you think to yourself there aren’t too many (any?) names there that will strike fear into the opposition. But anyway, good luck tonight. COYB!

ihatecanaries added 19:39 - Sep 18
My 0-3 prediction is looking good especially with those two inexperienced useless donkey's up front. I can't see where any goals will come from in that line up but I can see plenty of goals being conceded.sad sad times for town fans

Kirbmeister added 19:52 - Sep 18
Hurst looked a defeated man in his interview on the local news earlier. He’s already talking about ME being a patient man and we’re only half way through September.

tractorboybig added 19:59 - Sep 18
BYE hurst.. all the dippos on here say we are building a new team??? five changes and the only competent striker sears not mentioned...

pauljones added 20:32 - Sep 18
Spence is stealing a living, no fluent passing, hit and hope passing.

multiplescoregasms added 20:35 - Sep 18
Well that was a shocking half. Nothing good about it, and nothing to show we are not already in a relegation fight. What the hell are you doing to our club????

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