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Town Return to Four at the Back at West Brom
Saturday, 9th Mar 2019 14:27

Town boss Paul Lambert has returned to a back four as the Blues face West Brom at The Hawthorns with Jonas Knudsen, Gwion Edwards and Cole Skuse starting and Matthew Pennington (ill), Trevoh Chalobah (thigh) and James Collins (calf) all dropping out of the 18.

Knudsen, who was suspended last week, starts alongside skipper Luke Chambers at the centre of the defence, while Skuse joins Teddy Bishop and Jon Nolan in midfield.

Up front, Alan Judge and Gwion Edwards start either side of Collin Quaner.

Flynn Downes is also missing from the squad, again due to illness, while Tristan Nydam is in the 18 for the first time under Lambert and young defender Corrie Ndaba also travelled.

West Brom make five changes from the team which lost 4-0 at Leeds last week with Kyle Bartley, summer Town target Conor Townsend, Stefan Johansen, Matt Phillips and Jacob Murphy starting and Mason Holgate, Gareth Barry, Ahmed Hegazi, Hal Robson-Kanu and Rakeem Harper all dropping out with only the last of the quintet on the bench.

West Brom: Johnstone, Adarabioyo, Dawson, Bartley, Townsend, Phillips, Livermore (c), Johansen, Murphy, Gayle, Rodriguez. Subs: Bond, Brunt, Morrison, Field, Harper, Leko, Montero.

Town: Bialkowski, Bree, Chambers (c), Knudsen, Kenlock, Skuse, Nolan, Bishop, Judge, Edwards, Quaner. Subs: Gerken, Jackson, Nydam, Nsiala, Dozzell, Emmanuel, Dawkins. Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire).

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carlo88 added 14:30 - Mar 9
I don't see how by any yardstick Jackson is inferior to Quaner. Give the man a game for god's ake.

Dolphinblue added 14:36 - Mar 9
Except the yardstick that he has been poor when selected and never scores.

Dissboyitfc added 14:39 - Mar 9
Quaner by far the better at holding the ball up, could bring goals from Judge and Edwards!

blueboy1981 added 14:41 - Mar 9
That back four doesn't fill me with confidence - and our 'Striker' hasn't scored in his last 48 games.

NO VACANCIES - in the Sick Bay, or Treatment Room - I wonder why .... ???

My guess is neither would be as busy if we were at the other end of the table ..... !!!

Being facetious, or not ? - NOT.

Come on you Boys, who are out there in the wind - do your best.

martin587 added 14:44 - Mar 9
Good support again.! Team looks ok to me,but it’s going to be tough.Just do your best lads.🙏

Buryblue78 added 14:47 - Mar 9
Kind of sums up our problems at that end
One striker whos hold up play is neat and tidy but can't or wont strike
The other can't hold it up or score unfortunately although I agree he hasn't had a run of games to be fair
He is our player however

blueboy1981 added 14:48 - Mar 9
Quaner, and Jackson - two totally different types of 'Striker' if that's what they are - Quaner is as good as you'll get right now at holding the ball up.

Just need a bit of creativity from midfield, and the right man to play off him, and he'll do the job no problem.

Buryblue78 added 14:48 - Mar 9
Hats off to those who are there

positivity added 14:55 - Mar 9
Jackson has a far better scoring record than quaker, he's also our player next season so should be starting
Same with nsiala over Jonas. Great to see nydam and Emmanuel on the bench, hope they get their chance

wherescounago added 14:58 - Mar 9
I see there's a Murphy in their line up I take it he is one of the Murphy twins who used to be at Narwich if so that's at least 1 we'll concede. The Budgie curse is likely to strike again!!!! On the plus side Dozzell, Emmanuel and Nydam on the bench

Radlett_blue added 15:24 - Mar 9
WHY start Bree ahead of Emmanuel? Bree won't be at the club next season; Emmanuel might. Lambert said this week he wants to see more of Emmanuel, presumably so he can decide if we want to trigger his contract extension. Makes no sense.

ronnyd added 15:28 - Mar 9
Judge out wide, why?

neil1968 added 08:45 - Mar 10
Nothing personal against quaner but at this level or even league 1 level he is one of the worst football players I have ever seen

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