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Downes, Dobra and Drinan Start For Blues Against MK Dons
Saturday, 10th Apr 2021 14:23

Flynn Downes returns to the Blues line-up as Town’s new era gets under way with a home game against the MK Dons with Armando Dobra and Aaron Drinan also coming into the team.

Downes, who has been out of action for almost a month with a hamstring injury, comes into central midfield alongside Andre Dozzell and Teddy Bishop in a continuation of the 3-5-2 system which manager Paul Cook has utilised from the start of the last two games.

Dobra plays off Drinan up front with the duo both making their first starts of Cook’s time as boss.

Alan Judge and Troy Parrott drop to the bench having been in the side which drew 0-0 at Rochdale last week with Tristan Nydam in the matchday 18 for the first time since returning from the serious ankle injury he suffered in July 2019.

James Norwood remains absent having suffered a thigh injury last weekend and Kane Vincent-Young is also not in the 18 following his hamstring injury, while Kayden Jackson was also missing presumably due to a knock.

For the Dons, defender Warren O’Hora, midfielder Louis Thompson and veteran striker Cameron Jerome miss out due to injury with long-serving skipper Dean Lewington, Scott Fraser and Will Grigg, who played for Town boss Cook at Wigan and has been linked with the Blues, returning.

Town: Holy, Woolfenden, Nsiala, Chambers (c), Edwards, Dozzell, Bishop, Downes, Ward, Dobra, Drinan. Subs: Cornell, McGuinness, Nydam, Judge, Sears, Parrott, Hawkins.

MK Dons: Fisher, Lewington (c), Jules, McEachran, Darling, Grigg, Fraser, Laird, Surman, O'Riley, Harvie. Subs: Nicholls, Kasumu, Brown, Sorensen, Mason, Houghton, Sorinola. Referee: Tom Nield (West Yorkshire).

Photo: Matchday Images

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ImAbeliever added 14:24 - Apr 10

ImAbeliever added 14:26 - Apr 10
Dobra and Drinnan is interesting.

TractorFrog added 14:26 - Apr 10
I like it a lot. Best team available.

Radlett_blue added 14:27 - Apr 10
The spinning wheel came up "D" today.

johnwarksshorts added 14:31 - Apr 10
Interesting front pairing. Like it. COYB!

skari added 14:32 - Apr 10
Is the game in 3D?

BromleyBloo added 14:32 - Apr 10
......and no Jackson!

multiplescoregasms added 14:34 - Apr 10
The undropables are still there though.

TimmyH added 14:49 - Apr 10
Dozzell still starts!!...glad to see Downes back but was hoping we might see Norwood in some form today as TWTD showed him in the 18 yesterday but have to say Drinan does nothing for me upfront. Also what has happened to Wilson with his slight 'knock' which looked like was only going to keep him out for a match?

cornishnick added 14:52 - Apr 10
Drinan????? God help us

grow_our_own added 14:52 - Apr 10
Kenlock? Our most improved player this season IMO

TimmyH added 14:55 - Apr 10
Agree another strange one...where is Kenlock? after coming on as sub on Monday, surely not another injury?

eddiespearitt03 added 14:59 - Apr 10
Sears back on the bench. What does he offer ?

Pezzer added 15:14 - Apr 10
Dobra better not get red carded

blues1 added 15:31 - Apr 10
Timmyh. Good to see you keep up with what's going on. Wilson has fluid on his knee. Cook stated that 2 weeks ago.

Linkboy13 added 15:42 - Apr 10
Difficult situation for Paul Cook needs to win the game but also have a look at players for next season. Looking very weak up front Drinan's got a lot to do if he's going to be kept on for next season.

Portman51 added 16:00 - Apr 10
Now two and a half hours without an attempt on target...

BettyBlue added 16:01 - Apr 10
PC the new PL.

Tinkerman. Yet another rubbish manager.

TimmyH added 16:01 - Apr 10
@blues1 - as you have your fingers on the pulse on all things ITFC what's happened to Kenlock?

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