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Town Without Chambers and Collins for Owls Clash
Saturday, 2nd Feb 2019 14:34

Town are without skipper Luke Chambers and fellow centre-half James Collins for today’s home game against Sheffield Wednesday.

The duo, evidently the players manager Paul Lambert was referring to when he said members of his squad had “one or two little knocks” at his Thursday press conference, are replaced at centre-half by Matthew Pennington and Toto Nsiala, making his first Championship start under Lambert. Neither knock is believed to be serious.

New loanee James Bree makes his Blues debut at right-back with Pennington having moved inside, while Myles Kenlock is at left-back.

In midfield, stand-in skipper Cole Skuse is set to play behind Flynn Downes and Teddy Bishop, who scored a hat-trick for the U23s on Monday.

Collin Quaner starts as the central striker Alan Judge set to be on the left and Freddie Sears on the right.

Trevoh Chalobah and Will Keane are on the bench alongside Josh Emmanuel, who is involved in the Town team for the first time since the final day of the 2016/17 season having returned from his loan spell at Shrewsbury.

Callum Elder is the loanee who misses out on a place in the matchday squad with only five of the six permitted in the 18.

For the Owls, striker Fernando Forestieri makes his first start since November, while central defender Michael Hector is back in the team having been ineligible for last week’s FA Cup defeat to his parent club Chelsea.

Town: Bialkowski, Bree, Pennington, Nsiala, Kenlock, Skuse, Downes, Bishop, Sears, Judge, Quaner. Subs: Gerken, Chalobah, Harrison, Nolan, Keane, Dozzell, Emmanuel.

Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Lees, Hector, Fox, Hutchinson, Bannan, Reach, Boyd, Forestieri, Fletcher. Subs: Dawson, Onomah, Pelupessy, Nuhiu, Joao, Aarons. Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands).

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mow_the_lawn added 14:36 - Feb 2
Better midfield but I’d love to see us with two up top.

Saxonblue74 added 14:41 - Feb 2
This will be very interesting.

scooby added 14:42 - Feb 2
Donacien must be pleased

Len_Brennan added 14:50 - Feb 2
A defensive 5 where only Pennington would have played 2 weeks ago & in a different position if he did. On the plus side, most of us would have wanted Bart in goal & Kenlock at left back, plus an actual decent right back playing on that side.
Tough ask for all of them to click & get a clean sheet, but good luck to them, especially Bree.

OwainG1992 added 15:00 - Feb 2
Good to see Kenlock and Bishop start.
Also Nsiala deserves a chance.
Was one of the stand outs against Accrington.

Suffolkboy added 15:06 - Feb 2
A really good test for everybody & especially those relatively new to the Club : should be interesting to see & read how they performed , individually and as a unit .
PL is being careful about how and when he (re ) introduces some of our promising home grown youngsters .But he acknowledges the promise and potential with a forward looking prediction of just what may well be achieved !

runningout added 15:22 - Feb 2
concerned about our delicate midfield more than defence

blueboy1981 added 15:52 - Feb 2
........... Oh well - that's snookered a few today - you know, the people who blame Chambers for everything,... !!

blueboy1981 added 15:52 - Feb 2
........... Oh well - that's snookered a few today - you know, the people who blame Chambers for everything,... !!

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