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Dozzell, Downes and Bishop Start For Blues Against Hammers
Tuesday, 25th Aug 2020 13:26

Andre Dozzell, Flynn Downes and Teddy Bishop are the Blues midfield three for this afternoon’s home friendly against West Ham at Portman Road (KO 2pm).

Town are set to line up in their increasingly familiar 4-3-3 system with skipper Luke Chambers at centre-half alongside Toto Nsiala with Janoi Donacien and Stephen Ward the full-backs.

Up front, Gwion Edwards looks set to be on the left with Freddie Sears on the right and Aaron Drinan in the centre.

James Norwood, Oli Hawkins and James Wilson again all miss out but Emyr Huws is among the subs having travelled without being involved at Spurs on Saturday.

Norwood, who is continuing his rehabilitation after his groin operation, and Wilson, who has been out with a calf problem, were expected to start training yesterday. Prior to joining the Blues last Monday Hawkins had been training on his own.

West Ham, who also play Wycombe Wanderers this afternoon, include ex-Blue Aaron Cresswell in their side, as well as Jack Wilshere, Darren Randolph and Felipe Anderson, who was among their scorers when they beat Town 2-1 in another friendly two years ago.

Town: Holy, Donacien, Chambers (c), Nsiala, Ward, Dozzell, Downes, Bishop, Edwards, Sears, Drinan. Subs: Cornell, Ndaba, Nolan, Smith, Judge, Folami, El Mizouni, Huws.

West Ham: Randolph, Cresswell, Balbuena, Yarmolenko, Anderson, Coventry, Alese, Wilshere, Haller, Soucek, Diangana. Subs: Jimenez, Cardoso, Lewis, Odubeko, Kemp.

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itfchorry added 13:29 - Aug 25

Ipswichtown4life added 13:32 - Aug 25
Ipswich 1-3 West Ham

TrueBlueFerret added 13:33 - Aug 25
Hammer The Irons ;-)


midastouch added 13:38 - Aug 25
Downes is in the shop window then.

BlueSwede added 13:43 - Aug 25
No Jackson?

village_blue added 13:47 - Aug 25
Where’s Woolfenden?

Sparky85 added 13:55 - Aug 25
so missing Woolf, Jackson, Skuse, KVY and Lankester
Have I missed anyone apart from the other names mentioned

TimmyH added 13:55 - Aug 25
oh well at least Lambert can blame it on the conditions if we get hammered...

WeWereZombies added 14:06 - Aug 25
Meanwhile at Wycombe West Ham are fielding:

David Martin, Ben Johnson, Baptiste, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Cullen, Noble, Antonio, Fornals, Lanzini and Jarrod Bowen.

Managed by Alan Irvine so it looks like Moyes is at Portman Road.


inghamspur added 14:11 - Aug 25
Don't get why so many first choice picks are missing?

spanishblue added 14:20 - Aug 25
Shop window for one or two, or maybe it’s to much to play 2 bits of games in 4 days, or one or 2 being sold very shortly, or am I being to cynical

busterjames1 added 14:20 - Aug 25
With Chambers and Toto in front of him I feel sorry for Holy.

shortmarine1969 added 14:21 - Aug 25
usa goals .com have a river for this game

itfcserbia added 14:48 - Aug 25
I have defended him often on here, but my God Chambers has been awful this first half. Just plain awful. In HD.

Kickingblock added 14:48 - Aug 25
They still need reminding to play to the whistle!

TractorRoyNo1 added 14:49 - Aug 25
1 nil down another silly defensive error

http://www.hesgoal.com/ - live from BEin Sports

ringwoodblue added 14:52 - Aug 25
Why oh why are we playing Chambers and Nsiala against a Premiership team? No defence, literally!

Expect to be hammered in the second half.

Cloddyseedbed added 14:58 - Aug 25
No change for me since last year on thoughts. We have not got the players to play the way Lambert wants to play and you won't be able to change them to do it. We are in the 3rd tier of English football. If we continue to try to play out from the back we will get picked off time after time. Nobody is comfortable doing it and it shows! Teams will do their homework and play a high front line and make us even more nervous with less time. Our defence playing today is weak and poor Chambers in the middle is absolutely past it, often out of position and looking round to blame others. Midfield are they good enough, Downes aside, no. Upfront most certainly not. Who's gonna stop the goals, who's going to set up the goals and who's going to score the goals. On 1st half showing worrying in all departments. No skill factor not a lot of idea. It is only a friendly and many players missing but I can't see many positives on performances on the 1st half showing.

ChrisFelix added 15:25 - Aug 25
4 months to christmas & Chambers already playing santa clause

BlueandTruesince82 added 15:30 - Aug 25
Have to agree that playing our planned CB pairing would be a good idea which atm is the Woolf and Wilson for me.... the latter has had some stick on here over the summer but not sure its deserved... yes he's old school but he's simple and no nonsense. Clears his lines and cracks on.

Would like to see a new CB though.

Playing Chambo, Toto ans Donacian is madness and I can only hope Lambo is trying to at least find new homes for the latter 2.... think he'll have more luck ensuring no one sees them play personally.

BlueandTruesince82 added 15:36 - Aug 25
Whats really scary is that we will see Chambo on the team sheet 1st game as per....

StavangerBlue added 17:17 - Aug 25
Cannot wait to see these "promising" players. The only thin being promised is League Two.

Linkboy13 added 17:55 - Aug 25
This midfield trio is far too lightweight to start the league season. Same problems as last season teams will out mustle us when the competitive stuff starts.

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