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Dozzell Set to Start Against Swans
Friday, 5th Oct 2018 20:16

TWTD understands Andre Dozzell will be handed his first start of the season in tomorrow’s game at Swansea.

Dozzell, 19, made his first competitive senior appearance under Paul Hurst as a sub in Tuesday’s 2-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough having missed all but the opening day of last season after rupturing a cruciate knee ligament.

Speaking on Thursday, manager Paul Hurst was coy when asked whether Dozzell, who featured for the last 14 minutes against the Teessiders, might be in the XI against the Swans.

“We’ll see,” he said. “As I’ve said, I don’t think he would go for 90 minutes, that’s my honest view. He may surprise you but that would be my view, so we’ve got to consider that.

“But ultimately we need a result and I’ve got to pick which team I think is best to get that.”

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BlueArrow added 20:25 - Oct 5
A thumbs up from me

TractorCam added 20:25 - Oct 5
But this doesn't make sense as Hurst is the devil and doesn't play youngsters 😡

Good luck Andre!

Suffolkboy added 20:30 - Oct 5
Every best wish to Andre : each true supporter will be whole heartedly hoping you'll both enjoy and come through successfully having made the sort of telling contribution we all know is your trademark .
Come on you Blues !

Guthrum added 20:42 - Oct 5
Where's he going to play - will it be replacing Nolan, as the end of the Boro game (my preferred option), or deeper lying instead of Chalobah? Either way, going to be interesting to see how he affects the team dynamic.

rfretwell added 20:42 - Oct 5
Brilliant news. Andre looked very much up to speed with the pace of the Mboro match as soon as he came on. Thats not a given after a long layoff. Remember when Bishop reappeared as a sub under MM but was well off the pace of the match.

Woodbridgian added 20:45 - Oct 5
Needs to start Bart and Sears alongside Jackson as well if we’re going to have someone in midfield who can pass the ball

BoroBlue added 20:45 - Oct 5
Desperate attempt to appease the fans. Hurst doesn’t rate him. If Dozz rips it up tomorrow, let’s remind PH of his comments earlier in the season about us supporters putting him on a pedestal. A ‘Shall We Pick The Team For You’ MM style should do the trick and force him out!

SheptonMalletBlue added 20:49 - Oct 5
Fantastic news. That beautiful little slide rule pass into the penalty area the other night is the sort of thing we need to unlock defences. I think Jackson will thrive with Andre in the team. COYB!!!!!!

BlueBlood90 added 21:05 - Oct 5
Although I'm pleased that Andre might start, I'm worried for two reasons.

A) He's a young lad and shouldn't be pressurised into being seen as our saviour to come in and save us at his age.

B) Why is team news being leaked a day before the game. Very unprofessional and never happened under McCarthy.

RobITFC added 21:14 - Oct 5
@Blueblood90 fully agree however it is probably a false flag and Dozzell won't even be on the bench LOL

OwainG1992 added 21:45 - Oct 5
Good to hear. Get Andre and Freddie from the start.
Might also be time to get Bart back in goal.

dukey44 added 22:25 - Oct 5
Bart back in goal, drop Chambers and skuse. Put 2 up front... Or am I just dreaming....

bobble added 22:53 - Oct 5
its all deteriorating so fast...........will we even be in the football league in 10 years time ?

warwickblue added 23:33 - Oct 5
I think Hurst was extremely foolish with all that "Pedestal" crap at the start of the season, as Dozell has shown those who have actually watched him competetively (which at that time Hurst hadn't), that he has a degree of talent way above some of those Hurst has subsequently brought in. However, IF Dozell plays tomorrow all I hope is that he gets through a stint unscathed and with no adverse reaction. I think Hurst's public handling of the Dozell situation has been one of the least savoury aspects of his short and unremarkable reign as our current manager.

Henrietta_R_Hippo added 05:59 - Oct 6
Public Demand 1 - Sport Science 0 ....after extra time!

jas0999 added 07:02 - Oct 6
Good player, but agree with a previous post that we shouldn’t be heapingloads of pressure on him at such a young age and after a long injury layoff.

However, the reality is he’s one of only a few very good players we have at the club. A proper footballer.

PositivelyPortman added 07:15 - Oct 6
BoroBlue you are an idiot.

cat added 08:07 - Oct 6
Pure class when he came on on Tuesday, superb vision, composure and creates space for himself. A massive lift for the club, let’s hope he’s had enough time to strengthen his knee properly and is able to kick start our season.

Erics_size_5s added 14:10 - Oct 6
Best news for some time. Good luck Andre. Good luck Town.

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