Talking Point: Starting XI
The big day is here, and one of things we`re all thinking about is the starting XI Lee Clark will pick for the game at the Riverside.
It`s fair to say that the manager has a few options in most of the positions. Will he play 4-5-1 or 4-4-2?
Personally, because it`s a potentially tricky fixture, I`d like to see Clark play with a 4-5-1. Keep it tight and let`s see if we can come away with a positive result. Donaldson should be the focal point up top with Reece Brown playing just off him. Reece has been outstanding in pre-season and he deserves the chance to show the league what he`s made of. I feel as if he has the qualities to succeed in a number 10 role and with Donaldson holding the ball up bringing others into play, it could be a successful partnership.
For the back five I`d have Randolph, Eardley, Gunning, Robinson (If fit) & Jonathan Grounds. I`d be delighted if Robbo was fit for the game because I think we need that experienced head at the back. In midfield I`d have Caddis & Edgar as two sitting, with Cotterill & Novak providing the width. I`ve chosen Novak over Duffy because I think Novak is such an engine. He`ll do his bit tracking back and he can nick a goal or two from that wide left position. And as I`ve already mentioned, Reece Brown playing just off Clayton Donaldson.
I think the eleven I have chosen has the right blend of experience & energy and I just hope we put in a spirited performance that will make the fans proud. I`ve got faith in this squad. Clark has brought in some very shrewd signings over the summer and with the takeover still up in the air & limited resources at his disposal, he`s done a great job.
Let`s hope we can bring the three points back to St. Andrews and start the season in a positive fashion!
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