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Chambers Drops to Bench as Blues Face AFC Wimbledon
Tuesday, 20th Aug 2019 19:18

Skipper Luke Chambers drops to the bench as Blues boss Paul Lambert makes three changes for the first ever visit of AFC Wimbledon.

Lambert hinted on Saturday after the 2-2 draw at Peterborough, in which the skipper headed a last-gasp equaliser, that he would look to rest Chambers on occasion.

“You’ve also got to remember when you’re 34 and there’s 46 games plus cup games that it’s impossible to play every time,” he said.

“Without sounding disrespectful, you’re in the twilight of your career when you hit that age so he’ll need breaks at times Luke.

“He’s done fabulous since I’ve been at the club and it’s a brilliant header. We’ll take the point and, as I said before, we’re undefeated.”

James Wilson comes into the back four alongside Luke Woolfenden with Janoi Donacien and Myles Kenlock the full-backs and Tomas Holy is in goal.

Lambert has switched to a central midfield three with Andre Dozzell making his first League One start of the season alongside Flynn Downes and Cole Skuse, who wears the captain’s armband.

In the front three, Idris El Mizouni starts for the first time this season on the left with Danny Rowe on the right and James Norwood in the centre.

Gwion Edwards and Kayden Jackson also drop to the bench, alongside new loanee Anthony Georgiou. Kane Vincent-Young misses out, presumably due to the toe injury he was suffering with at the weekend.

For AFC Wimbledon, ex-Blues Shane McLoughlin and Dylan Connolly are on the bench, while there is a late change of referee with Antony Coggins taking over from Robert Jones.

Town: Holy, Donacien, Woolfenden, Wilson, Kenlock, Skuse (c), Dozzell, Downes, El Mizouni, Rowe, Norwood. Subs: Norris, Chambers, Edwards, Jackson, Judge, Georgiou, Huws.

AFC Wimbledon: Trott, O’Neill, Thomas, McDonald, Kalambayi, Guinness-Walker, Reilly, Hartigan, Wagstaff (c), Folivi, Appiah. Subs: Tzanev, Roscrow, Pinnock, Connolly, McLoughlin, Osew, Pigott. Referee: Antony Coggins.

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reusersfreekicks added 19:19 - Aug 20
Danny Rose!!!

parhamblue added 19:21 - Aug 20
Wow. You can break the chain. respectful words from Lambert.

PhilTWTD added 19:24 - Aug 20

! Amended.

Saxonblue74 added 19:25 - Aug 20
Feeling a convincing win tonight!🤞

Len_Brennan added 19:27 - Aug 20
That's a very strong bench for a Division 1 game.

StuartBrett8 added 19:29 - Aug 20
I presume Chambo will get subbed on for the fist pump?

DifferentGravy added 19:34 - Aug 20

Cant be there but good luck to all in the squad. Cheers them on lads n lasses and make some noise!!!!!

RIPbobby added 19:39 - Aug 20
Did we sign Kane Vincent-Young injured? Have we not learnt anything from the last couple of years?

TimmyH added 19:42 - Aug 20
hahaha! couldn't really predict that Dozzell would come in tonight against a relatively smaller team at home, he really needs to start performing, expecting 3 points tonight!

Suffolkboy added 19:56 - Aug 20
COYB let’s be havin yer !

runningout added 20:23 - Aug 20
shame Dobra’s not in team..

Skip73 added 20:36 - Aug 20
1-0 down at half time!

ITFCsince73 added 20:45 - Aug 20
Yes skip 2 poor teams fighting it out

Help added 21:36 - Aug 20
Understand why Chambo rested as played in Caroboa (whatever) cup game, which everyone else missed. However looks to have backfired on PL. Disappointing, I was happy with 2 points a game as promotion rate, but looking like we are slowly becoming mid table already

RobsonWark added 21:53 - Aug 20
At last PL has the balls to drop our useless Calamity Captain!! He finally see how he has cost us game and game again all last season and this season. He may have headed an equaliser at the weekend but his poor defending (defending space yet again from the cross) for the first goal and his poor error on the second goal playing the ball into the the box cost us another 2 points!!

ITFCsince73 added 22:02 - Aug 20
Apparently Chambos solicitor is on the case. Town have broken the terms of his contract.

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