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Boro v Preston (a) (Carabao Cup ) 2-2 (Fletcher, Tavanier) 4-3 pens + 4th round draw

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I'd stick to the formula of changing things up, this should be a good competitive game to test our 2nd string:

 

Lonergan

Wood Batth Fry

McNair Wing Besic Tavernier McQueen

Chapman

Gestede

 

It's a bit frustrating not being able to put out a team with McNair in midfield without killing Shotton's legs, mind. I really want to see what he can do there. I guess we could go 4 at the back and stick someone like Fry or Wood at RB:

 

Lonergan

Fry Wood Batth McQueen

McNair Besic Wing

Chapman Gestede Tavernier

 

 

Karanka and Pulis would play out a 0-0, as they did at the Hawthornes in 2016.

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Love it Tom.

 

Pulis already confirmed he was going to do pretty much a full team swap for the cup, so I'm not even going to try and guess.

 

I like to think the Kranky promotion team would win. There were some quality players in that team.

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Good op Tom

 

Think we will have enough to get through PNE are in no great shakes at the moment.

 

One thing will not surprise me in that we will probably be more adventurous and I so hope Wing puts on a man of the match show.

 

Glad it will be over on the day

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Nothing to add Tom, brilliant OP and  made me properly belly laugh!!!

 

Yeah. I agree, great OP.

 

Relatively unchanged line up.

 

I think Wilson is right, it would have to be 0-0.

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Great opener  :funny:

 

Should be able to put out quite a decent rotated team:

Lonergan

Wood, Fry, Batth, McQueen

McNair, Besic, Wing

Chapman, Gestede, Tavernier

 

Has there ever been a more nailed on 0-0 than Pulis v Krankie... as someone else pointed out they already have drawn 0-0 once. A truly shocking game and was on TV if I remember right.

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West Brom v Boro in the Prem was indeed on TV. Barragan played left back, Adomah was entirely missing before his transfer away. 3rd game of the season and it was completely void of anything.

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GK Lonergan

RB Spence

LB McQueen

CB Fry

CB Baath

RW Tavernier

LW Chapman

DM Clayton

CM McNair

AM Wing

CF Gestede

 

This looks like a very interesting selection for me, although I suspect that Pulis will go 3-5-2 for this one as it's a bit more solid and we're away from him fielding lots of changes. Think we will see Hugill start. Could be interesting to see Fletcher alongside him. Is Chapman back from injury?

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Think we can put out a very good second string team on a base of senior players with some youngsters sprinkled in. Going for 1-1 with us to win on penalties in this one.

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Interesting that nobody has put Hugill in their XI. I agree with Borodane, I think he's pretty much nailed on to start.

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The likes of McNair, Batth, Fry, McQueen, Besic, Wing, Tavernier and Chapman all need game time to get closer to the level of match fitness of the first team players, so Pulis will be pleased to have an opportunity to give the majority of them 90 minutes against PNE without the risk of it being a Championship game. Giving them all game time will surely help us maintain consistency of performance levels when injuries and suspensions inevitably strike. I think Leadbitter will probably play the holding midfield role as, aside from Clayton, we don't really have a sitting midfielder. Tavernier and Chapman aren't the most physical so, if they both start, I think they'll greatly benefit from a targetman like Hugill to play off.

 

I think we'll start with(4-3-3/4-5-1): Lonergan; McNair, Batth, Fry, McQueen; Leadbitter, Besic, Wing; Tavernier, Hugill, Chapman.

 

That quality in defence and midfield of that second string team is very impressive - I can't think of another Championship team being able to put out a second string defence and midfield like that.

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Interesting that nobody has put Hugill in their XI. I agree with Borodane, I think he's pretty much nailed on to start.

 

I think I’d go for Fletch ahead of Hugill, give him a chance to impress.

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