New midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe out to put career back on track at Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers new boy Ryan Tunnicliffe

Blackburn Rovers new boy Ryan Tunnicliffe

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NEW midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe is determined to prove the doubters wrong and get his career back on track during his season-long loan at Blackburn Rovers.

The 21-year-old was one of the stars of Manchester United’s FA Youth Cup winning team of 2011.

But his progress has been halted since following his former United coach Rene Meulensteen to Fulham in January.

Tunnicliffe started two matches before Meulensteen’s two-month stint as Cottagers boss came to an abrupt end.

It became clear that new Fulham manager Felix Magath did not favour the former England U17 international and, just 25 days after joining the club, he was shipped out to Wigan for what would prove to be an unsuccessful loan spell.

Tunnicliffe returned to the relegated Cottagers before the campaign out was out and played in their final game in the top flight.

But he has yet to feature for Magath this season and when the German made it clear he would be willing to send him out on loan, Tunnicliffe jumped at the chance to join their Championship rivals Rovers.

“It’s been tough,” said Tunnicliffe, who rejected the advances of Ipswich, where he enjoyed a loan spell in the first half of last season, to make the move to Ewood Park.

“I’ve been professional, training hard and keeping myself in shape, so that if the gaffer wanted me to play I would have been ready to play.

“But he’s let me go out on loan and now I’m just ready to get back into action, play some competitive football, try and get my career back on track and do well here.

“Hopefully I can show everyone how good I am – I’ve got a bit of a chip on my shoulder as it’s not worked out for me at Wigan or Fulham.

“I say chip on my shoulder because I feel people are probably sat there saying, ‘he’s not that good or whatever’, so the plan is to come here and show how good I am.”

Tunnicliffe was regarded as one of the top talents of a United U18s side which also included the likes of Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison and former on-loan Rovers defender Michael Keane.

Current Rovers trio Corry Evans, Ben Marshall and Josh King – who has recovered from illness to join up with the Norway squad for their international friendly with England at Wembley tonight – were also at Old Trafford at the same time as Tunnicliffe.

That has helped him settle in at Brockhall straight away.

“I’m 110 per cent committed and I’ve got a big will to win,” added Tunnicliffe, who will be ineligible to play against parent club Fulham at Craven Cottage on September 20 and in January’s reverse clash.

“The gaffer spoke to me about how he likes to play, with a high pressing game and everyone working for each other, so I think I will fit perfectly into that.

“I’m a box-to-box midfielder who likes to do a bit of everything.

“I wouldn’t say I’ve got one asset which is my best. It’s just about getting about, getting on it, helping us play, and doing whatever I can to help us win.”

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9:22am Wed 3 Sep 14

Bellypork says...

Useful addition I suppose, can't do any worse than the midfield we have at the moment...........
Useful addition I suppose, can't do any worse than the midfield we have at the moment........... Bellypork
  • Score: 19

9:34am Wed 3 Sep 14

Harwoodstblue says...

I think this lad had a raw deal at Fulham. Meulensteen obviously thought enough of him to take him to Fulham, but then to be shipped out afterr 25 days by Magath must have been devastating.
Anyway he seems to have a point to prove and is determined to make a go of it here. We need a bit of muscle and bite in midfield and this lad could be the one to provide it. He certainly seems to have the right attitude.
I think this lad had a raw deal at Fulham. Meulensteen obviously thought enough of him to take him to Fulham, but then to be shipped out afterr 25 days by Magath must have been devastating. Anyway he seems to have a point to prove and is determined to make a go of it here. We need a bit of muscle and bite in midfield and this lad could be the one to provide it. He certainly seems to have the right attitude. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 29

10:06am Wed 3 Sep 14

owd nick says...

I like the phrase "box to box midfielder", that's what we are missing right now.

Assuming all are fit this is the team I would like to see start against Wigan.

Steele
Lowe, Baptiste, Duffy, Olsen.
Cairney, Evans, Conway, Marshall
Rhodes, Gestede.

Bench; Robbo, Hanley, Kilgallon, Henley, Tunnicliffe, King, Brown.

If Spurr was fit I would replace Henley with him.

Assuming no injuries and things going ok during the game I would sub Evans with Tunnicliffe, Rhodes or Gestede with Brown around 70 minutes, so we could have a good look at them in a real game, holding one sub back just in case.

Only real concern is that we still don't have a proper right back.
I like the phrase "box to box midfielder", that's what we are missing right now. Assuming all are fit this is the team I would like to see start against Wigan. Steele Lowe, Baptiste, Duffy, Olsen. Cairney, Evans, Conway, Marshall Rhodes, Gestede. Bench; Robbo, Hanley, Kilgallon, Henley, Tunnicliffe, King, Brown. If Spurr was fit I would replace Henley with him. Assuming no injuries and things going ok during the game I would sub Evans with Tunnicliffe, Rhodes or Gestede with Brown around 70 minutes, so we could have a good look at them in a real game, holding one sub back just in case. Only real concern is that we still don't have a proper right back. owd nick
  • Score: 3

10:11am Wed 3 Sep 14

bring back the good old days says...

For me J Lowe, fits at RB.
Reason: we do not have shedloads of cash to shell out, and he has performed acceptably in that position in a arguably weaker line up.
Given these 'additions' it is hoped that our earlier frailties in the middle of the park have been bolstered, and being so should relieve the pressure upon our defensive line.
For me J Lowe, fits at RB. Reason: we do not have shedloads of cash to shell out, and he has performed acceptably in that position in a arguably weaker line up. Given these 'additions' it is hoped that our earlier frailties in the middle of the park have been bolstered, and being so should relieve the pressure upon our defensive line. bring back the good old days
  • Score: 11

10:13am Wed 3 Sep 14

darwen1946 says...

Sounds like another sob story. He will probably not play untill there is an emergency the will get injured and not be heard of again ? Does this ring any bells ?
Sounds like another sob story. He will probably not play untill there is an emergency the will get injured and not be heard of again ? Does this ring any bells ? darwen1946
  • Score: -12

10:21am Wed 3 Sep 14

Rovers.1875 says...

I think this could be (or should be) the replacement of Lowe in front of the defence... GB could do with playing a more attacking line up in the games and this guy will fit the bill! It's generally all out attack in this division, sit back and you will be punished... Think GB is slowly grasping this!

In any case, we need Rudy back, him and Rhodes up front is our chance at promotion this year
I think this could be (or should be) the replacement of Lowe in front of the defence... GB could do with playing a more attacking line up in the games and this guy will fit the bill! It's generally all out attack in this division, sit back and you will be punished... Think GB is slowly grasping this! In any case, we need Rudy back, him and Rhodes up front is our chance at promotion this year Rovers.1875
  • Score: 15

10:28am Wed 3 Sep 14

digitusjonfred says...

Give the guy a go will you, good luck Ryan hope you do the business.
Give the guy a go will you, good luck Ryan hope you do the business. digitusjonfred
  • Score: 23

10:35am Wed 3 Sep 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

Ok so we've lost two games out of 5 already, that's a 40% loss ratio.

Keep up this form and we'll lose 18 games over the season.

That leaves us with 28 games.

Based on last season we won 18 and drew 16 of the games in which we picked up points, a 53% win ratio. Using those figures that gives us 15 wins and 13 draws for a final points total of......... 58.

Going off last seasons final league positions, 58 points puts us in 15th place and 12 points short of what we managed last year. Mid-table is starting to look optimistic to say the least.... What a shambles..

Bowyer OUT!
Ok so we've lost two games out of 5 already, that's a 40% loss ratio. Keep up this form and we'll lose 18 games over the season. That leaves us with 28 games. Based on last season we won 18 and drew 16 of the games in which we picked up points, a 53% win ratio. Using those figures that gives us 15 wins and 13 draws for a final points total of......... 58. Going off last seasons final league positions, 58 points puts us in 15th place and 12 points short of what we managed last year. Mid-table is starting to look optimistic to say the least.... What a shambles.. Bowyer OUT! TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: -35

10:47am Wed 3 Sep 14

guiderover says...

Best of luck to the new comers and as for Ryan I hope you can be as good as Jermain Jones.We have badly missed a player like him for too long.
Best of luck to the new comers and as for Ryan I hope you can be as good as Jermain Jones.We have badly missed a player like him for too long. guiderover
  • Score: 17

11:12am Wed 3 Sep 14

Heidenreicher says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Ok so we've lost two games out of 5 already, that's a 40% loss ratio.

Keep up this form and we'll lose 18 games over the season.

That leaves us with 28 games.

Based on last season we won 18 and drew 16 of the games in which we picked up points, a 53% win ratio. Using those figures that gives us 15 wins and 13 draws for a final points total of......... 58.

Going off last seasons final league positions, 58 points puts us in 15th place and 12 points short of what we managed last year. Mid-table is starting to look optimistic to say the least.... What a shambles..

Bowyer OUT!
Troll.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Ok so we've lost two games out of 5 already, that's a 40% loss ratio. Keep up this form and we'll lose 18 games over the season. That leaves us with 28 games. Based on last season we won 18 and drew 16 of the games in which we picked up points, a 53% win ratio. Using those figures that gives us 15 wins and 13 draws for a final points total of......... 58. Going off last seasons final league positions, 58 points puts us in 15th place and 12 points short of what we managed last year. Mid-table is starting to look optimistic to say the least.... What a shambles.. Bowyer OUT![/p][/quote]Troll. Heidenreicher
  • Score: 12

11:33am Wed 3 Sep 14

Welsh Rover says...

I'd rather we play two up front, both home and away, as Rhodes and Gestede have formed a very good partnership. However, should Bowyer opt to play one up front, this lad not only strengthens us in a 451 formation, he also enables to play 433 with the wide players pushing further forward.

(442) Steele, Baptiste, Duffy, Kilgallon, Olsson, Marshall, Cairney, Evans, Conway, Rhodes, Gestede.

(451) Steele, Baptiste, Duffy, Kilgallon, Olsson, Tunnicliffe, Evans, Marshall, Cairney, Conway, Rhodes/Gestede.

(433) Steele, Baptiste, Duffy, Kilgallon, Olsson, Tunnicliffe, Evans, Cairney, Marshall, Rhodes/Gestede, Conway. Not bad
I'd rather we play two up front, both home and away, as Rhodes and Gestede have formed a very good partnership. However, should Bowyer opt to play one up front, this lad not only strengthens us in a 451 formation, he also enables to play 433 with the wide players pushing further forward. (442) Steele, Baptiste, Duffy, Kilgallon, Olsson, Marshall, Cairney, Evans, Conway, Rhodes, Gestede. (451) Steele, Baptiste, Duffy, Kilgallon, Olsson, Tunnicliffe, Evans, Marshall, Cairney, Conway, Rhodes/Gestede. (433) Steele, Baptiste, Duffy, Kilgallon, Olsson, Tunnicliffe, Evans, Cairney, Marshall, Rhodes/Gestede, Conway. Not bad Welsh Rover
  • Score: 5

11:53am Wed 3 Sep 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

Yet anothet no-mark who wants to use Blackburn Rovers to put his career back on track. This is exactly what we dont need.

Defeat against Wolves and surely Bowyer must do the decent thing and accept that he's just not upto the job.

Now I'm not saying this is the solution but a certain Steve Kean has been rebuilding his reputation overseas and is doing a fine job of it by all accounts.... would a move to bring him home be such a bad idea? After all he did have us 3rd in the Championship, a position that we can now only dream of.

Think about it... the players backed him all the way, they performed for him, he had an excellent relationship with the Venkys who backed him 100%, it was only a section of our moronic support who hounded him out.

Bowyer out, Kean in?
Yet anothet no-mark who wants to use Blackburn Rovers to put his career back on track. This is exactly what we dont need. Defeat against Wolves and surely Bowyer must do the decent thing and accept that he's just not upto the job. Now I'm not saying this is the solution but a certain Steve Kean has been rebuilding his reputation overseas and is doing a fine job of it by all accounts.... would a move to bring him home be such a bad idea? After all he did have us 3rd in the Championship, a position that we can now only dream of. Think about it... the players backed him all the way, they performed for him, he had an excellent relationship with the Venkys who backed him 100%, it was only a section of our moronic support who hounded him out. Bowyer out, Kean in? TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: -19

12:04pm Wed 3 Sep 14

steralc says...

You're doomed
Doomed I tell thee
Doomed
You're doomed Doomed I tell thee Doomed steralc
  • Score: -11

12:39pm Wed 3 Sep 14

dixie.normous says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Ok so we've lost two games out of 5 already, that's a 40% loss ratio.

Keep up this form and we'll lose 18 games over the season.

That leaves us with 28 games.

Based on last season we won 18 and drew 16 of the games in which we picked up points, a 53% win ratio. Using those figures that gives us 15 wins and 13 draws for a final points total of......... 58.

Going off last seasons final league positions, 58 points puts us in 15th place and 12 points short of what we managed last year. Mid-table is starting to look optimistic to say the least.... What a shambles..

Bowyer OUT!
Ok so on your theory that small team from Yorkshire have lost two out of three games.. That's a loss ratio of 66% .. keep that up and you will loose 25 games which I think is being generous.

You've not won yet so that's a massive 0% win ratio..

So that's 0 wins 13 draws and 25 losses which equates to have a guess ..... yes were you are today ... 20th in the table

Now shouldn't you be on your own message board talking about how an over achieved championship side has only bought championship and below par premiership players :-)

Enjoy 20th in the premiership dingle because you will be down before the Christmas decorations :-)
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Ok so we've lost two games out of 5 already, that's a 40% loss ratio. Keep up this form and we'll lose 18 games over the season. That leaves us with 28 games. Based on last season we won 18 and drew 16 of the games in which we picked up points, a 53% win ratio. Using those figures that gives us 15 wins and 13 draws for a final points total of......... 58. Going off last seasons final league positions, 58 points puts us in 15th place and 12 points short of what we managed last year. Mid-table is starting to look optimistic to say the least.... What a shambles.. Bowyer OUT![/p][/quote]Ok so on your theory that small team from Yorkshire have lost two out of three games.. That's a loss ratio of 66% .. keep that up and you will loose 25 games which I think is being generous. You've not won yet so that's a massive 0% win ratio.. So that's 0 wins 13 draws and 25 losses which equates to have a guess ..... yes were you are today ... 20th in the table Now shouldn't you be on your own message board talking about how an over achieved championship side has only bought championship and below par premiership players :-) Enjoy 20th in the premiership dingle because you will be down before the Christmas decorations :-) dixie.normous
  • Score: 9

12:43pm Wed 3 Sep 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

Who mentioned Burnley?

I was talking of our own prospects, not those of our Premier League neighbours who have now proved they can hold their own against the top sides, while we're getting spanked off a recently promoted League One side.

Stop being so jealous of them, they are in a different league to us.
Who mentioned Burnley? I was talking of our own prospects, not those of our Premier League neighbours who have now proved they can hold their own against the top sides, while we're getting spanked off a recently promoted League One side. Stop being so jealous of them, they are in a different league to us. TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: -8

12:50pm Wed 3 Sep 14

dixie.normous says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Who mentioned Burnley?

I was talking of our own prospects, not those of our Premier League neighbours who have now proved they can hold their own against the top sides, while we're getting spanked off a recently promoted League One side.

Stop being so jealous of them, they are in a different league to us.
you really are a retard if you think you've got any chance staying up. :-)
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Who mentioned Burnley? I was talking of our own prospects, not those of our Premier League neighbours who have now proved they can hold their own against the top sides, while we're getting spanked off a recently promoted League One side. Stop being so jealous of them, they are in a different league to us.[/p][/quote]you really are a retard if you think you've got any chance staying up. :-) dixie.normous
  • Score: 3

12:50pm Wed 3 Sep 14

greenscreener says...

owd nick wrote:
I like the phrase "box to box midfielder", that's what we are missing right now.

Assuming all are fit this is the team I would like to see start against Wigan.

Steele
Lowe, Baptiste, Duffy, Olsen.
Cairney, Evans, Conway, Marshall
Rhodes, Gestede.

Bench; Robbo, Hanley, Kilgallon, Henley, Tunnicliffe, King, Brown.

If Spurr was fit I would replace Henley with him.

Assuming no injuries and things going ok during the game I would sub Evans with Tunnicliffe, Rhodes or Gestede with Brown around 70 minutes, so we could have a good look at them in a real game, holding one sub back just in case.

Only real concern is that we still don't have a proper right back.
Presume you have Marshall out right, not as shown ?

Dropping the captain when he returns from international duty to put in a newbie is a very brave decision, I understand your thinking but I'm not sure GB would do that. Maybe Evans benched for Tunnicliffe though, sounds like he's itching to prove a point at Wigan.

Hope you realise Bazzer will be getting upset now, for some reason he really doesn't like people suggesting teams and formations.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: I like the phrase "box to box midfielder", that's what we are missing right now. Assuming all are fit this is the team I would like to see start against Wigan. Steele Lowe, Baptiste, Duffy, Olsen. Cairney, Evans, Conway, Marshall Rhodes, Gestede. Bench; Robbo, Hanley, Kilgallon, Henley, Tunnicliffe, King, Brown. If Spurr was fit I would replace Henley with him. Assuming no injuries and things going ok during the game I would sub Evans with Tunnicliffe, Rhodes or Gestede with Brown around 70 minutes, so we could have a good look at them in a real game, holding one sub back just in case. Only real concern is that we still don't have a proper right back.[/p][/quote]Presume you have Marshall out right, not as shown ? Dropping the captain when he returns from international duty to put in a newbie is a very brave decision, I understand your thinking but I'm not sure GB would do that. Maybe Evans benched for Tunnicliffe though, sounds like he's itching to prove a point at Wigan. Hope you realise Bazzer will be getting upset now, for some reason he really doesn't like people suggesting teams and formations. greenscreener
  • Score: 1

1:02pm Wed 3 Sep 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

He does sound a bit like a Jones type player but he is only 21 and he may need time to settle. Hope it works out and that he gives us something we have been missing recently. What has happened to O'Sullivan our other supposed to be up and coming midfielder these days.
He does sound a bit like a Jones type player but he is only 21 and he may need time to settle. Hope it works out and that he gives us something we have been missing recently. What has happened to O'Sullivan our other supposed to be up and coming midfielder these days. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 1

1:36pm Wed 3 Sep 14

bring back the good old days says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Ok so we've lost two games out of 5 already, that's a 40% loss ratio.

Keep up this form and we'll lose 18 games over the season.

That leaves us with 28 games.

Based on last season we won 18 and drew 16 of the games in which we picked up points, a 53% win ratio. Using those figures that gives us 15 wins and 13 draws for a final points total of......... 58.

Going off last seasons final league positions, 58 points puts us in 15th place and 12 points short of what we managed last year. Mid-table is starting to look optimistic to say the least.... What a shambles..

Bowyer OUT!
If that is the gist of it then we may as well just stick all early results on a computer programme and run it, and the players can then just retire to Marbella for the rest of the season !!!

By the way we will be playing Utd next season in the second tier, as they are nailed on relegated.

This is not a reply to the 'poster' as he is un-hinged. and it would be like trying to teach algebra to a loaf of bread.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Ok so we've lost two games out of 5 already, that's a 40% loss ratio. Keep up this form and we'll lose 18 games over the season. That leaves us with 28 games. Based on last season we won 18 and drew 16 of the games in which we picked up points, a 53% win ratio. Using those figures that gives us 15 wins and 13 draws for a final points total of......... 58. Going off last seasons final league positions, 58 points puts us in 15th place and 12 points short of what we managed last year. Mid-table is starting to look optimistic to say the least.... What a shambles.. Bowyer OUT![/p][/quote]If that is the gist of it then we may as well just stick all early results on a computer programme and run it, and the players can then just retire to Marbella for the rest of the season !!! By the way we will be playing Utd next season in the second tier, as they are nailed on relegated. This is not a reply to the 'poster' as he is un-hinged. and it would be like trying to teach algebra to a loaf of bread. bring back the good old days
  • Score: 1

1:50pm Wed 3 Sep 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Ok so we've lost two games out of 5 already, that's a 40% loss ratio.

Keep up this form and we'll lose 18 games over the season.

That leaves us with 28 games.

Based on last season we won 18 and drew 16 of the games in which we picked up points, a 53% win ratio. Using those figures that gives us 15 wins and 13 draws for a final points total of......... 58.

Going off last seasons final league positions, 58 points puts us in 15th place and 12 points short of what we managed last year. Mid-table is starting to look optimistic to say the least.... What a shambles..

Bowyer OUT!
Yer tool
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Ok so we've lost two games out of 5 already, that's a 40% loss ratio. Keep up this form and we'll lose 18 games over the season. That leaves us with 28 games. Based on last season we won 18 and drew 16 of the games in which we picked up points, a 53% win ratio. Using those figures that gives us 15 wins and 13 draws for a final points total of......... 58. Going off last seasons final league positions, 58 points puts us in 15th place and 12 points short of what we managed last year. Mid-table is starting to look optimistic to say the least.... What a shambles.. Bowyer OUT![/p][/quote]Yer tool AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: 1

2:26pm Wed 3 Sep 14

mark anthony says...

Could someone please explain to me when every footballer arrives at Blackburn there intentions are to ..... I qoute. Get there career back on track ,
Could someone please explain to me when every footballer arrives at Blackburn there intentions are to ..... I qoute. Get there career back on track , mark anthony
  • Score: 2

2:26pm Wed 3 Sep 14

mark anthony says...

Could someone please explain to me when every footballer arrives at Blackburn there intentions are to ..... I qoute. Get there career back on track ,
Could someone please explain to me when every footballer arrives at Blackburn there intentions are to ..... I qoute. Get there career back on track , mark anthony
  • Score: 1

2:59pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Lol... you mean like Boyd, Read and half the other cast offs from the Championship? With all those new signings you must be the strongest team in the league now. Err...hang on a minute...
Lol... you mean like Boyd, Read and half the other cast offs from the Championship? With all those new signings you must be the strongest team in the league now. Err...hang on a minute... Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 4

6:11pm Wed 3 Sep 14

owd nick says...

greenscreener wrote:
owd nick wrote:
I like the phrase "box to box midfielder", that's what we are missing right now.

Assuming all are fit this is the team I would like to see start against Wigan.

Steele
Lowe, Baptiste, Duffy, Olsen.
Cairney, Evans, Conway, Marshall
Rhodes, Gestede.

Bench; Robbo, Hanley, Kilgallon, Henley, Tunnicliffe, King, Brown.

If Spurr was fit I would replace Henley with him.

Assuming no injuries and things going ok during the game I would sub Evans with Tunnicliffe, Rhodes or Gestede with Brown around 70 minutes, so we could have a good look at them in a real game, holding one sub back just in case.

Only real concern is that we still don't have a proper right back.
Presume you have Marshall out right, not as shown ?

Dropping the captain when he returns from international duty to put in a newbie is a very brave decision, I understand your thinking but I'm not sure GB would do that. Maybe Evans benched for Tunnicliffe though, sounds like he's itching to prove a point at Wigan.

Hope you realise Bazzer will be getting upset now, for some reason he really doesn't like people suggesting teams and formations.
Yes, to your first question, I was just working off the top of my head.

On your other point I am seriously concerned about Hanley, he's young, he has been part of an often frantic last line of defence for nearly 2 years and I think the pressure is telling.

Added to that he is captain, more pressure on young shoulders.

My concern is we are going to burn him out, which would be a terrible waste of talent, a bit of time on the bench won't do him any harm, but a couple more roastings similar to what he received v Wolves could do.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: I like the phrase "box to box midfielder", that's what we are missing right now. Assuming all are fit this is the team I would like to see start against Wigan. Steele Lowe, Baptiste, Duffy, Olsen. Cairney, Evans, Conway, Marshall Rhodes, Gestede. Bench; Robbo, Hanley, Kilgallon, Henley, Tunnicliffe, King, Brown. If Spurr was fit I would replace Henley with him. Assuming no injuries and things going ok during the game I would sub Evans with Tunnicliffe, Rhodes or Gestede with Brown around 70 minutes, so we could have a good look at them in a real game, holding one sub back just in case. Only real concern is that we still don't have a proper right back.[/p][/quote]Presume you have Marshall out right, not as shown ? Dropping the captain when he returns from international duty to put in a newbie is a very brave decision, I understand your thinking but I'm not sure GB would do that. Maybe Evans benched for Tunnicliffe though, sounds like he's itching to prove a point at Wigan. Hope you realise Bazzer will be getting upset now, for some reason he really doesn't like people suggesting teams and formations.[/p][/quote]Yes, to your first question, I was just working off the top of my head. On your other point I am seriously concerned about Hanley, he's young, he has been part of an often frantic last line of defence for nearly 2 years and I think the pressure is telling. Added to that he is captain, more pressure on young shoulders. My concern is we are going to burn him out, which would be a terrible waste of talent, a bit of time on the bench won't do him any harm, but a couple more roastings similar to what he received v Wolves could do. owd nick
  • Score: 1

6:50pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Angry From Accrington says...

Let's hope he has not been permanently injured by all those ten foot barge poles but if he is replacing Williamson he is already a legend in my eyes
Let's hope he has not been permanently injured by all those ten foot barge poles but if he is replacing Williamson he is already a legend in my eyes Angry From Accrington
  • Score: 1

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