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Cornell, Hawkins and Bishop Start Against Wimbledon
Saturday, 24th Apr 2021 14:18

Dai Cornell and Oli Hawkins are handed their first starts under Paul Cook and Teddy Bishop returns to the XI as the Blues host AFC Wimbledon in their penultimate home game of the season.

Cornell replaces Tomas Holy in goal, while Hawkins, who has made three sub appearances since the change of manager, is the lone striker with Bishop, who missed Tuesday's 3-0 defeat at Northampton as he was ill, behind him in the number 10 role.

The Blues are otherwise unchanged from the team which lost to the Cobblers with left-back Stephen Ward again skipper with Luke Chambers on the bench.

Holy and Kayden Jackson, who started at Sixfields, are among the substitutes, while Freddie Sears drops out of the squad.

For Wimbledon, Ryan Longman replaces the injured Ollie Palmer up front, while ex-Blues youngster Shane McLoughlin is on the bench.

Town: Cornell, Vincent-Young, Woolfenden, McGuinness, Ward (c), Dozzell, Downes, Bennetts, Edwards, Bishop, Hawkins. Subs: Holy, Chambers, Skuse, Dobra, Nsiala, Drinan, Jackson.

AFC Wimbledon: Tzanev, O'Neill, Woodyard (c), Nightingale, Rudoni, Assal, Guinness-Walker, Heneghan, Dobson, Longman, Pigott. Subs: Cox, Alexander, Oksanen, McLoughlin, Harrison, Kalambayi, Osew. Referee: Ollie Yates (Staffordshire).

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Pezzer added 14:29 - Apr 24
One up with this squad hasn't worked.

masetheace added 14:30 - Apr 24
At last , a start for Hawkins , our only hold/ ariel threat player

MerseyBlue added 14:30 - Apr 24
Fair play, he's giving them a chance to impress him. I know a lot are critical of Holy and whilst he's not an outstanding goalkeeper, I feel he's one of the smaller areas of concern with the playing staff. I have yet to see anything to suggest Cornell is good enough for us but good luck to him.

Side note, read 'Xi' as Xi, as in, Xi Jinping which definitely wrinkled my brain.

cat added 14:31 - Apr 24
No complaints with this, going through the motions now. Like Holy but if you mess up then prepare to be dropped. P.C has shown he don’t take no sh!te and that’s a positive in my book.

TimmyH added 14:33 - Apr 24
Still can't see why with the season done we still play loanees...pointless!

TimmyH added 14:35 - Apr 24
McGuiness a loan was hapless on Tuesday but he's not been dropped!! it's just a rotation of players the majority whom have failed.

BromleyBloo added 14:40 - Apr 24
...............and Bennetts - WHY???

Beattiesballbag added 14:46 - Apr 24
I know some people don't rate Sears but how Jackson is still in the squad is a brainteaser, offers absolutly nothing, at least Sears will work harder & will at least challange for a ball in the air.

AlanG296 added 14:55 - Apr 24
When the manager's team selection for a cup match is questioned people say it doesn't matter, we're not going to win it. Same here, we're not going to win the league, get promotion, so the selection does not matter. This season no longer matters.

Gforce added 14:56 - Apr 24
It's almost irrelevant now, only 7 out of today's 18 man squad will still be here next season.
Dozzell (just)
Edwards (just)
On another note, I hope we keep Lancaster, as I've heard rumours he might be let go. Would be a big mistake,as he will make a terrific player with correct coaching.

Suffolkboy added 15:30 - Apr 24
This manager sets us all the most impossible conundrums , and it is very difficult to follow his reasoning — or even discern the trajectory of his thought !!
Lord knows what the players make of things ; he says he doesn’t trust them and they him — even if professional decisions have to be made,even if some will be disappointed , etc etc ,his job must be on the line if he can’t demonstrate how HE can get the best out of the resources to hand —- and I submit he sadly has not !
Is it by choice , is he not wanting to be vindictive ,is he not sure of how to do it, is he afraid of inviting critique ?
Personally I believe he has only induced doubts in the squad ,and we are seeing meagre reward ,though he has hopes of funds enough to import and revitalise : just hope he’s not going to do another Hurst and try to bring in ‘old ‘ cronies ,though solid experience and character would be valued !

Europablue added 15:33 - Apr 24
The good news is that after today there are only three matches left.

ldnj added 15:36 - Apr 24
Can anyone explain what Kenlock did ? He seemed to be one of the better players before the new manager arrived and has barely had a look in since. Given PC's seeming attitude of ignoring players (don't understand the man management part of this), MK presumably did something wrong early on.

TimmyH added 15:41 - Apr 24
Idnj - he had 1 not very good game at Fleetwood - numerous players who regularly start have had many bad games before being dropped if at all, for instance why is loanee McGuiness playing today after Tuesday's effort?

Kirbmeister added 15:45 - Apr 24
We’re not gonna win this. I’d be thankful for a shot on target.

spanishblue added 16:46 - Apr 24
Mick mills just swore after Edwards free kick hahah

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