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Elder Makes Debut and Keane on Bench as Town Make Seven Changes at Accrington
Saturday, 5th Jan 2019 14:20

Callum Elder makes his Town debut as manager Paul Lambert makes seven changes to the Blues side for this afternoon’s FA Cup third round tie away against League One Accrington Stanley. Town’s other new signing Will Keane is among the subs.

Bartosz Bialkowski returns in goal with Elder, who joined on loan from Wigan earlier in the week, at left-back and former Accrington man Toto Nsiala making his first appearance under Lambert at the centre of the defence alongside Matthew Pennington. Dean Gerken, Myles Kenlock and previously ever-present skipper Luke Chambers all drop to the bench. Jordan Spence continues at right-back.

Andre Dozzell and Jon Nolan join Flynn Downes in midfield with Kayden Jackson, who moved to Town from Stanley in the summer, the central striker with Freddie Sears, who will be wearing the captain’s armband for the first time, on the left and Gwion Edwards on the right.

Teddy Bishop and Jack Lankester join Keane, who signed on loan from Hull yesterday, among the subs but there is no place in the 18 for Janoi Donacien, who also joined Town from Accrington in the summer, or Jonas Knudsen, who is expected to leave during the January window.

The Blues’ last win in an FA Cup tie came back in January 2010 when they beat Blackpool 2-1 in the third round at Bloomfield Road during Roy Keane’s time in charge. Since then they have played 13 games (including replays) without recording a victory.

Accrington: Ripley, Johnson, Sykes, Hughes, Richards-Everton, Clark, Finley, Barlaser, McConville (c), Mangan, Kee. Subs: Maxted, Brown, Williams, Mingoia, Perritt, Conneely, Watson.

Town: Bialkowski, Spence, Nsiala, Pennington, Elder, Dozzell, Downes, Nolan, Edwards, Sears (c), Jackson. Subs: Gerken, Chambers, Harrison, Keane, Bishop, Kenlock, Lankester. Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire).

Photo: ITFC

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Pecker added 14:27 - Jan 5
I like the look of that side. Good balance through out. Come on Ipswich, a cup run would be great. Good luck Callum and the rest of the lads.

Berts_chin added 14:29 - Jan 5
If Donacien can't make the bench for a cup game at his former club, what future does he have at Ipswich? I'm a big fan of Lambert, but can't help feeling that this is a mistake.

GFH added 14:34 - Jan 5

heathen66 added 14:36 - Jan 5
Disappointed for Kenlock as he deserves a run in the side.
Still baffled as to how Spence is in the 18 let alone in the starting XI

Terry_Nutkins added 14:41 - Jan 5
I think the unfortunate truth Berts is that signing Donacien was the mistake. He's not at the required standard unfortunately. Spence may not be the long term solution and itls the designated scapegoat at the moment but he's a better right back than Donacien who is a makeshift fullback from two divisions below. Hursts signings were awful unfortunately.

mow_the_lawn added 14:42 - Jan 5
What’s happened to Rowe?

heathen66 added 14:55 - Jan 5
Unfortunately Terry Nutkins, I am not sure Spence would get in a L2 team.
Remember he could not get a game for MK Dons.
From what I have seen of Donacien he is far better than Spence, certainly at defending.
I am also not sure Spence is a 'designated' scapegoat, it is just that he is so poor wek in and week out but the manager keeps picking him !!!

htb added 14:57 - Jan 5
The fact Spence has been ever present under Lambert is a complete mystery to me would have much preferred to have seen Donacien there who the few times I have seen him play at right back I have felt has performed creditably

stevelincsexile added 14:58 - Jan 5
I cannot work this out he continues to play Spence Kenlock does nothing wrong and gets dropped.

Churchmans78 added 15:06 - Jan 5

For old times sake see link
Love this club

runningout added 15:46 - Jan 5
team looked very miserable before kick off. Suppose I can understand why, but surely as a team you have to know how to motivate each other. Come 5pm think I’m going to be as miserable. will love them win lose or draw :-)

Swn98 added 16:08 - Jan 5
These are the teams we will have to beat next season in the got what you wished for league better to go down than keep MM STRANGE.

Michael101 added 16:23 - Jan 5
Swn,are you mad Mick ??that useless tw#t should have gone years ago.Hurst may have knocked the building down but mad Mick build it on dodgy ground

blueboy1981 added 16:37 - Jan 5
Awful - Is it a surprise we are bottom of the Championship ?.

Quite simply - we're CR*P.

Now anticipate Lamberts exit ....... what the f*ck is going on, some strange thinking from the bench today .. !!

Kirbmeister added 16:42 - Jan 5
This isn't a surprise, don't forget Accrington are almost certainly a better football team than us.

blueboy1981 added 16:50 - Jan 5
Kirbmeister ........ Accrington have certainly proved that today.

dirtydingusmagee added 16:52 - Jan 5
f#####g embarrassing .

LWNR2013 added 16:54 - Jan 5
As expected from league one line-up. I’m not passed caring but it feels like it. wind the clock forward 2 years ... oh sh*t!

SickParrot added 16:55 - Jan 5
Lost again. What a surprise.

Swn98 added 16:58 - Jan 5
I think you need to take a good hard look at yourself and the stats before you start spouting profanities at other fans 101

blueboy1981 added 16:59 - Jan 5
Even Alex Mathie is shell shocked at how poor we are.

Every one has to ask:- What the hell is going on at the Club ..... ???

Why didn't we go for it, and take the game to them ?? - in other words ATTACK - it was Accrington NOT Arsenal after all.

DISGUSTED - this will do nothing for the attendance next week against Rotherham, justifiably so too.

JimmyP45 added 16:59 - Jan 5
Accrington Stanley...who are they?

A team a lot lot better than Ipswich Town.

runningout added 17:01 - Jan 5
apparently it’s the magic of the FA Cup. Our record in the cup is poo to say the least. Just look at our body language from beginning to end. Mr Lambert needs to have a bigger word with owner

herobobby added 17:01 - Jan 5
One word


It means shame,discredit,dishonour

Players at this club

Show no shame
They are a discredit
They have no Honour


Sourdough added 17:04 - Jan 5
Lambert plainly not the man for the job.

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