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Judge Handed Debut at Blackburn
Saturday, 19th Jan 2019 14:14

New signing Alan Judge has been handed his Blues debut as Town take on his old club Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Jack Lankester, who celebrates his 19th birthday today, drops to the bench as manager Paul Lambert, a former Rovers boss, names an otherwise unchanged team, which seems likely to line-up in the 4-4-1-1 system employed as Rotherham were beaten 1-0 last weekend.

If that’s the case Freddie Sears may switch to the right with Judge operating on the left, the flank he has tended to occupy when playing wide.

Skipper Luke Chambers continues at the centre of the defence and is expected to wear a strapping on the wrist injury he suffered against the Millers.

Former Town skipper and coach Tony Mowbray makes three changes to his team with Jack Rodwell, Corry Evans and Bradley Dack returning to the XI and Ryan Nyambe, Richie Smallwood and Ben Brereton dropping to the bench having started the 4-2 midweek after-extra-time FA Cup defeat to Newcastle, also at Ewood.

Blackburn: Raya, Bennett (c), Lenihan, Rodwell, Bell, Evans, Travis, Reed, Dack, Armstrong, Graham. Subs: Leutwiler, Nyambe, Smallwood, Rothwell, Brereton, Nuttall, Conway.

Town: Gerken, Pennington, Chambers (c), Collins, Elder, Skuse, Chalobah, Sears, Judge, Keane, Quaner. Subs: Bialkowski, Bishop, Downes, Nsiala, Kenlock, Lankester, Dawkins. Referee: Darren England (South Yorkshire).

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LegendofthePhoenix added 14:18 - Jan 19
Strongest line up we can get. COYB.

Grigzee added 14:22 - Jan 19
Sad to see Jack not starting but at least he may be out of the shop window! He will learn a lot from watching Judge and will be an ideal substitute to change things

timkatieadamitfc added 14:27 - Jan 19
Strong bench too, only change I would make would be dozzell for dawkins.

unknown100 added 14:34 - Jan 19
First game against Blackburn- today's team

Bat- gerken
Spence- Pennington
Chambers- chambers
Donacian- Collins
Knudsen- elder
Chalobah- chalobah
Downes- judge
Sears- sears
Harrison- guarner
Edwards- Keane

New manager

martin587 added 14:35 - Jan 19
It’s absolutely freezing here but never mind.The team looks really good and with a bit of luck three points will be coming our way.🙏

prebbs007 added 14:40 - Jan 19
For me I would have Lankester ahead of Sears. Natural winger and youthful enthusiasm.


monty_radio added 14:48 - Jan 19
"Strong bench"? In some areas certainly - but tot up the number of career goals sitting on there.

Kirbmeister added 15:01 - Jan 19
Let’s not get carried away it’s gonna be a tough afternoon.

martin587 added 17:18 - Jan 19
Running out,
Why on earth did you downmark me for my comment.Pray,what upset you.🤔

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