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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!

What would your starting XI`s be Blues fans? Leave them in the comments below
KRO!





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Writer: Jacob Chatwin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 9 2014

Time: 11:35AM

Your Comments

Think it will be a 4-2-3-1 (4-5-1 with two holding mids). I agree Donaldson will be up top, not sure who will be given the nod to go in just behind him to be honest. I'm expecting a Cotterill and Novak wide selection and would agree with how the back line will probably look!
Chrisblues
Want Gray to be starting; hope Gleeson doesn't. And I've been impressed with grounds. You?
Sask
I'm reserving judgement on our defensive players until after today ;) - Not sure Clark has been all that convinced by Gleeson ?
Chrisblues
I'm interested to see how we do when we introduce pace from the bench, I expect the game to open up a bit once the initial 'omg it's the first game' wears off in the second half
HappyBlueHarry
I'm reserving judgement on our defensive players until after today ;) - Not sure Clark has been all that convinced by Gleeson ?
Chrisblues
I did ponder about Gray, but i think he'll be introduced in the second half as Harry said. And Chris i think you're right about Gleeson, we haven't seen much of him so far. Clark probably already has his back four in mind for the season.
Jacob Chatwin
Think he only got a call up due to Adeyemis departure, I agree with both Chris and Jacob on Gleeson. But Gray has surely proven he's one of our best players?!
Sask
 

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