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Roberts Surprise Full Debutant as Lambert Era Starts Against Preston
Saturday, 3rd Nov 2018 14:21

Jordan Roberts is the surprise inclusion in Paul Lambert’s first Town team facing Preston North End at Portman Road this afternoon.

The 24-year-old, who joined the Blues in the summer having left Crawley at the end of last season, will be making his full debut having made two sub appearances earlier in the campaign.

Town could line up in a number of ways but could start 4-3-3 with Roberts and Gwion Edwards either side of central striker Freddie Sears.

Cole Skuse will be joined in midfield by Trevoh Chalobah and Flynn Downes. At the back skipper Luke Chambers will be alongside Matthew Pennington at the centre of the defence with Jonas Knudsen at left-back and Jordan Spence at right-back. Bartosz Bialkowski is in goal.

For Preston, Josh Earl and Sean Maguire come into the starting Xl for the injured Andrew Hughes and Lukas Nmecha, who drops to the bench.

Town: Bialkowski, Spence, Pennington, Chambers (c), Knudsen, Skuse, Chalobah, Downes, Edwards, Roberts, Spence. Subs: Gerken, Donacien, Jackson, Rowe, Dozzell, Edun, Lankester.

Preston: Maxwell, Earl, Pearson, Clarke (c), Davies, Robinson, Browne, Johnson, Huntington, Maguire, Barkhuizen. Subs: Rudd, Fisher, Moult, Gallagher, Storey, Barker, Nmecha. Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire).

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frantblue added 14:23 - Nov 3
Spence in twice 🤣

frantblue added 14:23 - Nov 3
Spence in twice 🤣

Northstandveteran added 14:26 - Nov 3
Two Spence's?

Or has Sears changed his name by deed poll to get selected more often?

TrueBlueFerret added 14:31 - Nov 3
ExSpenceive Team??

timkatieadamitfc added 14:32 - Nov 3
Why Chalobah AND Skuse, Dozzell for me and just go out and attack (I would drop Skuse especially if he was a doubt with injury)

Charlie_pl_baxter added 14:44 - Nov 3
Might be 4231 runners and Edwards as wingers, Downes in the middle.

Charlie_pl_baxter added 14:45 - Nov 3
Runners =roberts

TimmyH added 14:45 - Nov 3
Skuse still starting! (really is Mr undroppable)...surprised that Roberts is starting but wish all the boys and Lambert the best!

OwainG1992 added 14:54 - Nov 3
Nice to see Roberts get a chance. Preston are going to try bully us. Worry for Sears against their CB's.

Terry_Nutkins added 14:55 - Nov 3
The suprise at Skuse never seems to amaze me. He's not undroppable he's just the best midfielder at the football club. He's not an attacking midfielder! Get over it! Every manager that has managed him has played him. It's not to annoy the fans (can you believe it!) It's because they all watch the squad ecedy day in training and every match and they see that he's obviously an excellent player and play him. It's honestly not rocket science.

Tim reason for Skuse AND Challobah is simply the syste. Going forna solid3 in midfield

Daz added 15:01 - Nov 3
GL PL. Come on town get a win

grinch added 15:29 - Nov 3
reason Skuse starts with every manager they see what he does for the team surely there all not wrong give him a break

TimmyH added 15:44 - Nov 3
well he's done very little this season...

runningout added 15:50 - Nov 3
nice pen

runningout added 15:52 - Nov 3
better Preston equalise. Dont want to go 2 nil up

algarvefan added 07:39 - Nov 4
For those above, if you saw the game, Skuse was outstanding, that's why he is picked.

dirtydingusmagee added 18:02 - Nov 4
so many managers commenting wonder what teams they manage ?

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