Ten Changes as Blues Look to End FA Cup Woe
Saturday, 9th Nov 2019 14:25
Town boss Paul Lambert has changed all 10 outfield players for today’s FA Cup first round tie against Lincoln City at Portman Road with keeper Will Norris the only survivor from Tuesday’s 1-0 League One win at Rochdale.
Ex-Imp James Wilson and Toto Nsiala start at the centre of a four-man backline with Janoi Donacien at right-back and Myles Kenlock on the left.
Andre Dozzell, Flynn Downes and stand-in skipper Emyr Huws are in a three-man midfield, while Will Keane is the central striker with Blues full debutant Anthony Georgiou on the left and Armando Dobra on the right.
In contrast, Lincoln make one change from the team which drew 1-1 at AFC Wimbledon last Saturday with Jake Hesketh taking over from Jorge Grant, who drops to the bench.
Ex-Blues loanee Callum Connolly starts, while former Norwich central defender Jason Shackell skippers.
The Blues are playing at the first round stage of the competition they won for the only time in 1978 for the first time since the 1956/57 campaign when they defeated Hastings United 4-0 at Portman Road.
Town last won an FA Cup tie 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 14 matches in the competition, four draws and 10 defeats.
Town: Norris, Donacien, Nsiala, Wilson, Kenlock, Huws (c), Downes, Dozzell, Dobra, Georgiou, Keane. Subs: Holy, Edwards, Norwood, Rowe, Judge, El Mizouni, Woolfenden.
Lincoln City: Vickers, Toffolo, O’Connor, Shackell (c), Payne, Andrade, Walker, Morrell, Connolly, Eardley, Hesketh. Subs: Smith, Chapman, Grant, Lewis, Melbourne, Anderson, Akinde. Referee: Kevin Johnson (Weston-super-Mare).
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