This Could Be Rafa’s Team For Rotherham – 7 Changes


A number of our first team players will return for the Rotherham game tomorrow afternoon after they had a game off on Wednesday night in the 3-1 win over Birmingham in the 3rd round replay of the FA Cup.

Rafa made eight changes to the side for that game and started three youngsters who did well on th night and that will be great for their confidence and experience.

But it’s likely to be all change tomorrow for the league game against Rotherham which we must win.


With Isaac Hayden picking up an old groin injury – probably because of  all the games (24) he has played this season – he could be rested again tomorrow and jack Colback could come in to partner Jonjo Shelley.

And we expect Daryl Murphy to be leading the line with Mitrovic still not available because of his knee injury.

This is the side Rafa could start tomorrow and there are with this side:

Darlow
Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
Shelvey Colback
Ritchie Perez Gouffran
Murphy

That looks like 7 changes from the side that started on Wednesday night with Yedlin, Shelvey, Ritchie and Gouffran keeping their places.

Rafa could surprise us by giving an outing to right-back Jamie Sterry and resting Yedlin, who has played the last two games in Anita’s absence through injury.

And even Sammy Ameobi could see some action tomorrow.

Both players are in the squad for tomorrow’s game.

Brighton play at home to Sheffield Wednesday tonight and then have their make-up game on Tuesday night at home to Cardiff City so it’s very important we win this game tomorrow.

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202 comments so far

  • G

    Jan 20, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #1

    I suspect Sterry wiil be cover, not a starter. Maybe Sameobi too

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  • Oldgit1

    Jan 20, 2017 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #2

    I fancy Sammy and Sterry to start to give gouffram and Yedlin a break. Got a feeling Sammy could come good. Depends how he performs in training.

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  • Jib

    Jan 20, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Colback
    Ritchie Perez Gouffran

    The team actually picks itself the only thing is whether Dwight is fit or not.

    If 100% it’s Gayle all the way.

    If not Murphy as replacement.

    I think Barlaser and Findlay may make the bench for the matchday experience.

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  • Jib

    Jan 20, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Rob Elliot is not selected for the U23’s today could be on the bench tomorrow

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 20, 2017 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Belfast

    If shelvey gets injured and is out for 6 weeks, Rafa should look to change the formation and play 2 upfront. Crosses will replace the lack of a creative force in central midfield.

    The rut come along with our insistence to continue with same tactics without the right players to play that way.

    Any signings in this window will be panic buys in my eyes and won’t improve the team for the prem. Loan deals would be more acceptable for the right player/s

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  • Moonraker15

    Jan 20, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Jib
    Hayden??

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2017 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #7

    The guy who has scored six of Rotherhams ten away goals is out according to .com, they have Gayle as unavailable, so definitely a risk putting him in your bingo team, Murphy took his chance well on Saturday and deserves a chance if theirs any doubt over Gayle, I don’t think Gayle will be ready though, they already said you don’t rush that type of injury and would Murphy have been rested on Wednesday if there was a chance Gayle could play. I’m leaving him out.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 20, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #8

    As long as we’re not complacent tomorrow, whatever team we put out we should win. Of course should and will ain’t the same, but complacency is our only real threat. Rotherham haven’t won away yet, but remember, this is the biggest game for them in years. They’ve sold their entire allocation of 3200 and will treat this as their cup final. That is our main danger. When they’ll play before 52k people again is anybody’s guess. They’ll be loud, we need to beat them on the terraces and on the pitch. Fair warning.

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  • Jib

    Jan 20, 2017 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Moonraker15
    Isaac has slight groin strain that needs rest

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  • Jib

    Jan 20, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #10
  • SPRINGY

    Jan 20, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Think most people will have the same side so could be a few picking points up on rafa bingo….but here goes
    ______________________darlow______________________
    Yedlin________lascelles_____clark_________dummet
    ______________colback______shelvey________________
    Ritchie_______________perez_________________goofy
    _____________________murphy______________________
    Could be hayden for colback.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 20, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Bobbybee
    Aren’t u meant to let visitors take grapes in to hospital for ya….ya not meant to take them in ya sell! Lol

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 20, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Springy. I’m there now waiting to give some grapes back mate. Waiting rooms are strange places. Everyone looks worried. They probably think the same about me though! 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 20, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m going with a slight alternative to the obvious. Thinking that we want crosses for Murphy and as The Gouff played so well…

    Darlow
    Yedders Lascelles Clark Dummett

    Shelvey Colback

    Ritchie The Gouff Sammy

    Big Murph.

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  • lesh

    Jan 20, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Bobby

    Are you sure that playing in front of 52k will frighten Rotherham? Steve Harper’s another former player who’ve said that our crowd can work against us – especially when things aren’t going well. He reckoned visiting teams are working that out and stifling our game to frustrate our fans – not you of course Berb! 😉

    So, surely what Rafa ought to be doing is dumping his containing game at home and just go all out to stick as many past Rotherham’s as possible? But will he?

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 20, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Gulp! My turn. Later.

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  • phoonck

    Jan 20, 2017 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Rafa Bingo:

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummet
    Shelvey Hayden
    Ritchie Perez Lazaar
    Gouffran

    Howay the Lads!!!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed

    I reckon that that is the team that most of us will be selecting for the bingo.

    Seems to be the obvious one.

    The bench is going to be more interesting IMO, with the possible inclusion of Barlaser, Finlay, Sterry and Sammy. Elliot looks like he might get the nod over Selz, Hanley and Lazar could be the other two with Hayden and Gayle being given more time to recover from their injuries.

    Plenty of competition for places even without any new signings.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #19

    i know toon fans have a soft spot for anything Ameobi but lads this is Sammy
    i will be shocked if he’s on the bench never mind the pitch his head and feet just aren’t connected

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  • JamesToon

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Darlow

    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Lazaar

    Shelvey Hayden

    Ritchie Perez Gouffran

    Murphy

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Makes a pleasant change to see most of us thinking we can beat the Mighty Rotherham.

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  • chicousa

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #22

    Rafa bingo lineup:

    Darlow
    Sterry Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Colback
    Ritchie Perez Gouffran
    Murph

    Not sure of Gamez’ current fitness so am thinking Rafa may give Sterry the start, while resting Yedlin. Anyone have any recent news on Jesus Gamez?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Hibbit

    Sammy is a match winner and Rafa seems to rate him so that’s good enough for me. And he has more or less said he”ll be on the bench if I read it right.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Essex
    over the years i’ve seen a lot of Sammy and believe me he’s no match winner the odd flash in the pan yes but a match winner no
    as for Rafa rating him i very much doubt that

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #25

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Colback
    Ritchie Perez Gouffran
    Murphy
    I think my first bingo win will be on the day that there are fifty other winners.

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  • dem

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #26

    Jail – Re Bingo

    Am I the first to get the team and score correct in the same game? Happy to be on the podium at present.

    Rafa Bingo for Rotherham

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Colback
    Ritchie Perez Gouffran
    Murphy

    Going for 3-0

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #27

    Rafa Bingo –

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummet
    Shelvey Hayden
    Ritchie Gouffran Perez
    Murphy

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  • lesh

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #28

    Dem

    Don’t be daft man. Jail’s superior knowledge means he’ll always be on the bingo leader podium. 😀

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #29

    hibbit

    “his head and feet just aren’t connected”

    That’s how he’s able to fool the opposition sometimes!

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Think I may be on a role with this bingo thing

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Colback Shelvey
    Ritchie Perez Gouffran
    Murphy

    Watch Lazaar start and huff everyone who plays this game

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #31

    dem,
    Firebug666 has one as well, you’re one win behind him on three points.
    Do we think Legolas should be awarded points for posting his line up so close to the team being announced.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #32

    hibbit
    Sammy will be on the bench mate we’ve got no one else

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  • lesh

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #33

    Essex

    If Rafa did rate Sammy, he wouldn’t have put him out on loan to find another club for him.

    Ashley, doubtless advised by his football expert, Carr, one of the games best ever managers, and Ashley’s grubby grabbing paws are all over Sammy’s return from loan.

    I’ve no doubt that Rafa’s been told to use what he’s got thus risking promotion for the sake of a spending on a player who’ll add value to the squad.

    Why Ashley should listen to Carr over Rafa beats me. Ah, maybe it’s because Carr won’t argue with him?

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  • hibbit

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #34

    Ron Knee
    the problem is he fools his self more often then not …….
    dont get me wrong here Sammy is a lovely lad in fact his whole family are very nice generous people but a match winning footballer never

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #35

    lesh
    Ur really not a fan of Carr are u

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  • lesh

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #36

    Jail

    Maybe Legolas’s getting early wind of Rafa’s team selection from the Russians who now that Trump’s in the bag. NUFC could be Putin’s next project!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Rotherham are almost league one anyway so Sammy could do.well against them, wouldn’t do any harm to give him half an hour if we’re comfortable.

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  • lesh

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #38

    WW

    I would say that if he’s a confidant and advisor to Ashley, he surely can’t be trusted by Rafa.

    Despite the failures, relegations and managerial changes he’s survived and that worries me.

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  • Legolas

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #39

    Jail,

    Of course you should. It was well before team was announced. You already took off points when I changed my selection. Lol.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #40

    I’d be shocked if Gayle was in tomorrow, I’ll have a go at the bingo though

    Darlow
    Yedlin, lascelles, Clark, dummett
    Colback, Hayden
    Ritchie, shelvey, gouffran
    Perez

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