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reserves and fringe players should be more than enough, i would not play a starter and would let them rest up.

 

                           Stek

          Kenny Jags Zouma Baines

                    Beni McCarthy

         Walcott   Davies   Lookman

                          Tosun/Niasse

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Let's play 5 at the back that will be a right laugh wont it?

In all seriousness this will be a game we need to win as we need a good cup run if nothing else this season. They are first in League 2 so will have their tails up for this game.

Possibly too soon for Jimmy Mac to start a game but I hope to see him play from the bench.

As for Holgate I'd imagine he will be getting ready to go out on loan somewhere so doubt he will feature.

Pickford and Siggy have to start this game.

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16 minutes ago, pete0 said:

We're 50 places above them so I'd expect the reserves to win. 

I don't care how many places above them we are, they're in great form and us playing a side cobbled together that hasn't played with each other before is asking for trouble. Not without the regular worry of lower league teams upping their game.

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2 hours ago, Romey 1878 said:

Lovely looking at all these shitty teams that some would be happy for our fans to pay to watch us lose with.

Agreed. If we want to win the cup, take.it seriously from the start. 2 or 3 changes is fine but wholesale changes just adds a level of risk we dont need to take.

Those players "rested" also need to be left at home. They need a mental break as well as a physical break so having them on the bench doesn't rest them at all.

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My first game of the season so hoping for a relatively strong side.  Hopefully Lookman is fit to play and rest Walcott.  I'd give DCL and Tosun game time as well.

Is Kenny fit and available? If so him ahead of Coleman. 100% Baines plays

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Normally I favor major changes for such a match.  Even with 7-8 changes, we should easily beat a top League Two side at Goodison.  Coleman, Gomes, and Walcott will by then need a rest, and Digne, Sigurdsson, and Richarlison could use one.  I assume all these will start against Leicester.

So for Lincoln City, sticking with normal circumstances, I’d prefer......

             Stekelenburg

Mina        Keane        Zouma

Kenny    McCarthy.    Baines

      Lookman    Davies   

        Tosun     Niasse

Kenny and Baines to provide the width, McCarthy (or Baningime?) mostly protecting the back 3.  Richarlison, DCL, Digne, Gana, Sigurdsson on bench.

 

I’m aware that many would strongly advise only minimal changes, presumably no matter our result against Leicester.  For me, the Leicester match — our energy, the crowd’s mood, the excellent or poor play by specific players, the result, the delight or gloom afterwards — will determine whether I’ll still think we can afford and should make substantial changes for Lincoln City 4 days later.

Should we be desperate for a win because we lost to Leicester, then I’d have to concede that we’d have to start our strongest 11, and be satisfied that our most worn-out starters would then have 8 days before our next match.

 

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i'm going to change my lineup and say we need to go full strength now, win big and get the confidence back.

 

 

                              Pickford

        Kenny Keane Zouma Digne

                           Gana

                  Bernard  Gylfi

       Lookman    DCL     Richarlison

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On 29/12/2018 at 21:20, AlbanyNYToffee said:

Virginia

kenny jags Mina baines 

davies McCarthy beni 

lookman tosun dcl 

agree on holgate being unavailable. Put some kids on the bench - sambou, Hornby, adeniran 

Nevermind. 

Stek

Coleman Keane Mina Baines

Gana Davies

Lookman Siggy Bernard

DCL

Bench: Virginia Jags Digne McCarthy Richarlison Niasse Tosun

Gomes and Walcott shouldn't be in the 18. 

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3 hours ago, Vital Lincoln City said:

Everton v Lincoln City: Match Preview:

It is an oft-quoted statistic in these parts that the largest attendance ever to watch Lincoln City – 61,231 – came in the Second Division game at Everton on 16 April 1954.

https://lincoln.vitalfootball.co.uk/everton-v-lincoln-city-match-preview/

Nice one, enjoy your day out, just not too much. You could've pointed out that our 2003 defeat by Shrewsbury was made all the more embarrassing by the fact that they were managed by Kevin Ratcliffe, our most successful ever captain, so thanks for omitting that:unsure:.

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This competition is the only bit of real excitement left in this season. Let’s not take anything for granted. I remember loads on here moaning about the team selection that led to us going out of the league cup. Let’s play a strong side (with a few like for like replacements) and make the changes and give key players a rest when the games won.  

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3 hours ago, barryj said:

This competition is the only bit of real excitement left in this season. Let’s not take anything for granted. I remember loads on here moaning about the team selection that led to us going out of the league cup. Let’s play a strong side (with a few like for like replacements) and make the changes and give key players a rest when the games won.  

Let’s hope Marco feels the same way. A good cup run might just get the season moving again.

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10 hours ago, chicagoblue said:

Ring the changes for me. First team is knackered, 8 days or no, dead clear many of them need a rest.

 

Our second team should be more than good enough.

We have 8 days after this game before we play Bournemouth at home, they can have all the rest they need then

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18 minutes ago, duncanmckenzieismagic said:

We have 8 days after this game before we play Bournemouth at home, they can have all the rest they need then

I know, but I honestly believe the "second" team will put in a better performance.  I really don't think the first 11 have the energy/wherewithal to do it.

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19 minutes ago, chicagoblue said:

I know, but I honestly believe the "second" team will put in a better performance.  I really don't think the first 11 have the energy/wherewithal to do it.

I'd rest a few forward thinking players, Gomes, Richarlison and Gylfi spring to mind to give them a break.

No need whatsoever to rest Pickford but we will. Defence is covered by perfectly adequate PL quality back-up so play Kenny, Jags, Mina and Baines for me. Gana's only played one game so no need to rest him at all, pair him with McCarthy and tell him to make more of those runs we see occasionally. Add Davies, Lookman, Tosun and probably Niasse. That in my opinion (I never get involved in picking sides in this thread so no idea why I've started today) is a team from the first team squad rather than being the "first team" or a "second team" so should be able to do the job.

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I would play the following:

 

--------------- Pickford

Kenny Keane Mina Digne

--------------- Gueye

-------- Davies --- Siggy

Lookman -- Tosun -- Bernard

 

Bench

Virginia

Baines

Jagielka

Beni

(an attacking midfielder if we have one?)

Walcott

Niasse

 

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18 minutes ago, Finn balor said:

Erm that they are in the bottom division and they are hoping for a good day out. You think they would say that about Liverpool, city, Tottenham etc 

But they are playing us. Every team expects to win when playing us. 

It’s not like we’re a Burnley or Southampton.

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1 hour ago, Finn balor said:

Erm that they are in the bottom division and they are hoping for a good day out. You think they would say that about Liverpool, city, Tottenham etc 

Of course they would, what's the point of going to a match expecting to lose? I came up with a minibus full of Woking fans in 1991 and they all thought they had a chance  (I was sat with them in the away seats, upper Park end before rebuild) and they believed and as it turned out were unlucky to lose. Everton fans to their huge credit stayed and applauded Woking's lap of honour. The "big" boys will be playing lesser line ups, Bradford beating Chelsea (under Mourinho) springs to mind.

No way are lower teams fans going to a game resigned to a loss. I went with my local non-league team to Watford and Shrewsbury as a kid and lost 4-2 (having been 1-2 up at half time) v Watford and 1-2 at Shrewsbury. 11 v 11 and anything can happen, lower teams raise their games against better players. That applies to any sporting contest for me.

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16 hours ago, chicagoblue said:

Ring the changes for me. First team is knackered, 8 days or no, dead clear many of them need a rest.

 

Our second team should be more than good enough.

I don’t want ‘should’

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The games on potato today if anybody wants to watch it, the links don't open till kick off but you can check it now, it gives you all the info about the upcoming game.

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16 hours ago, MikeO said:

Of course they would, what's the point of going to a match expecting to lose? I came up with a minibus full of Woking fans in 1991 and they all thought they had a chance  (I was sat with them in the away seats, upper Park end before rebuild) and they believed and as it turned out were unlucky to lose. Everton fans to their huge credit stayed and applauded Woking's lap of honour. The "big" boys will be playing lesser line ups, Bradford beating Chelsea (under Mourinho) springs to mind.

No way are lower teams fans going to a game resigned to a loss. I went with my local non-league team to Watford and Shrewsbury as a kid and lost 4-2 (having been 1-2 up at half time) v Watford and 1-2 at Shrewsbury. 11 v 11 and anything can happen, lower teams raise their games against better players. That applies to any sporting contest for me.

Well you obviously are glass half full kind of guy. I hope you don’t have a betting account 😂

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Big banana skin today. Cowley has something about him and has proven he knows how to turn over big sides, we're vulnerable. Can't take this lightly at all. 

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Hope McCarthy gets a few minutes, shame about the rest of the bench. If you're not giving kids a chance in a cup game what hope will they have of ever getting an appearance. Even just give one spot on the bench as a reward for one of them playing well in the u23's. 

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12 minutes ago, pete0 said:

Hope McCarthy gets a few minutes, shame about the rest of the bench. If you're not giving kids a chance in a cup game what hope will they have of ever getting an appearance. Even just give one spot on the bench as a reward for one of them playing well in the u23's. 

Agreed. Not saying we shouldn't be taking this one seriously, but this is a lineup we would put out for a PL match. I expected to see a little more rotation than this. 

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18 minutes ago, hafnia said:

We need to approach this with full intensity.  We've lost the opportunity to blood kids etc. I want a full experienced dressing room. We need to bounce back. 

Exactly

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