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MATCH PREVIEW | Phil Brown on "important" Checkatrade Stevenage tie

7 November 2016

Manager has selection decisions for Checkatrade Trophy

Phil Brown has revealed he has some tough decisions to make ahead of the final group game of the Checkatrade Trophy against Stevenage on Tuesday.

Blues are through to the Round of 32 and all is left to decide is if that will be as group winners or runners-up.

Top spot guarantees a home draw, whereas second-place will mean playing away.

The Blues' manager says he needs to decide on what team will play, with Bury away on Saturday in mind. 

"A competition that you can get to Wembley in should never be snubbed or sneered at," he said.

"You want a home tie in the next round, so getting something from this game is important.

"But I've got a lot of decisions to make to tell you the truth because it's not as simple as picking a team.

"I've got an Anthony Wordsworth suspension that I've got to cater for, for Saturday somewhere along the line tomorrow night. Whether that be Michael Timlin replacing him, Luke O'Neill, Adam King or Jermaine McGlashan.

"All four of them come into contention for the starting line-up.

"We've got, not a crisis, but a shortage of strikers; do I run the risk of playing Marc-Antoine Fortune and Simon Cox when really behind that I've only got Jason Williams with Nile Ranger and David Mooney both not fit.

"Then I want to look at a new partnership in terms of centre-backs; do I play Adam Thompson and run that risk, do Adam Barrett, Jakub Sokolik and Anton Ferdinand come into play. I'll probably have a look at Harry Kyprianou at left back.

"But I've got a bit of a problem in goal because Mark Oxley has tightened up his back from a couple of saves that he made on Friday.

"Quite simply there are decisions to be made in every position."

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