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52 minutes ago, Denzel Zanzibar said:

I've got a bad feeling about Downing today, it would be typical of him to turn it on against us.

Also a bit worried they might target Dijksteel like they did the other week when he was still a Charlton player. Could be better starting Howson at RB with him on the bench. 

Where are people getting it from that Blackburn targeted Djiksteel? I watched that game as I was interested in seeing him play and he was excellent. Came up against Armstrong? I think, very quick, direct winger and he dealt with him easily. So much so that Armstrong switched wings at half time as he was their only decent out ball but was getting stifled by Dijksteel. 

 

I really hope if Coulson is injured we don't go with Friend at LB. He's got to put some faith in Bola there. Alright he was iffy against Crew but he was also half decent against St Etienne? In the friendly. Plus we really need to get the guy up to speed and see what's he's all about. 

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11 hours ago, Changing Times said:

Well, at some point he's going to have to pitch the new lads in because I doubt they were signed to be back up players.  Not if they were Woodgate's top targets or whatever.

I do agree with you in principal CT I just think woody will turn to experience over youth to try and find that first win.

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First time in a while the team doesn't pick itself. I think Woody will go for

Randolph

Friend

Shotton

Ayala

Howson

Clayton

Wing

McNair

Fletcher

Johnson

Assombalonga

 

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3 hours ago, Denzel Zanzibar said:

I've got a bad feeling about Downing today, it would be typical of him to turn it on against us.

Also a bit worried they might target Dijksteel like they did the other week when he was still a Charlton player. Could be better starting Howson at RB with him on the bench. 

He will score against us today! Mark my words. 

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2 hours ago, Smoggydownsouth said:

I do agree with you in principal CT I just think woody will turn to experience over youth to try and find that first win.

That plus the fact he seemingly wasn't impressed with either of the 3 players in the Crewe game, I think it'd be strange for any reason other than an injury to put either of them in, first choice targets or not. Howson (or any of the midfielders), Coulson and Johnson would feel quite aggrieved if they were dropped for their new signing counterparts at this stage for the sake of wanting a performance. Obviously we expect Coulson to be injured so I expect at least if Shotton stays in, Friend will come in instead of Bola. I'd personally put Bola in only because I can't bear to see Shotton starting at centre-back again. Will say that I think Friend has a mistake in him at the back too but as a choice between either, I'd pick the captain every time.

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Friend at LB? God I hope not. Just play one of the two actual left backs we have at the club. 

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We've definitely got to start on the front foot like we did 1st half against Brentford, 1st goal is vital, we've got to get it. I'm going for 2-2 but here's hoping we can nick it. I think Friend will be back in the side.

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I hope he drops Clayton and plays Wing, McNair, Howson in midfield tbh. Dijk at RB

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10 minutes ago, Borodane said:

Friend at LB? God I hope not. Just play one of the two actual left backs we have at the club. 

Coulson is hurt we think, so he might be down to 1 LB and Friend.

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Got to start winning sometime. Got a feeling it will be today. Team sounds like it'll be similar to the last league game from the presser, and that they've had a kick up the bum.... 3-1 Boro. Britt x1, Wing x1, Ayala x1

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58 minutes ago, wilsoncgp said:
3 hours ago, Smoggydownsouth said:

I do agree with you in principal CT I just think woody will turn to experience over youth to try and find that first win.

That plus the fact he seemingly wasn't impressed with either of the 3 players in the Crewe game, I think it'd be strange for any reason other than an injury to put either of them in, first choice targets or not. Howson (or any of the midfielders), Coulson and Johnson would feel quite aggrieved if they were dropped for their new signing counterparts at this stage for the sake of wanting a performance. Obviously we expect Coulson to be injured so I expect at least if Shotton stays in, Friend will come in instead of Bola. I'd personally put Bola in only because I can't bear to see Shotton starting at centre-back again. Will say that I think Friend has a mistake in him at the back too but as a choice between either, I'd pick the captain every time.

He may well turn to experience but I'm not sure on what basis he could select Shotton or Friend if we're talking about players who have impressed him in games?  Shotton has been useless so far this season and Friend was poor against Crewe.  Now we're gonna have both of them in our back four because they are 'experienced'?  It'd be a terrible precedent to set if Woodgate starts going down that road.  If Woodgate believes the new lads to be our first choice players then he should be picking them in the side.  If he doesn't then why have we signed them?  Let's pick what we think is our best team and get on with it.

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29 minutes ago, Brunners said:

Coulson is hurt we think, so he might be down to 1 LB and Friend.

Well in that case play the LB with legs. 

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Just now, Borodane said:

Well in that case play the LB with legs. 

Going off what was said after Crewe I cannot see Bola starting. Will be Friend I think.

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2 hours ago, Riverside Dreamer said:

He will score against us today! Mark my words. 

Banana skin if ever I saw one,Mowbray,Venus + 5 ex players,I really hope I'm wrong

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