Tomorrow afternoon we welcome The Blades, Sheffield United to The Den. Having suffered our first defeat of the season away to Peterborough in our 5-1 humiliation, Saturday presents the perfect sort of game for a whole hearted display.
With the visitors yet to pick up a win this season, they languish at the bottom at this early stage and themselves will be looking to bounce back having lost 3-0 at home on Tuesday night. Under new manager Wilder, they play a more direct style of play, and we will need to be alert to their speed in attack on Saturday.
With changes guaranteed tomorrow, here is my starting XI I believe Harris should go with:
In total, I’d make four changes to the XI that folded on Tuesday night away to Peterborough. No shocks pulled with Archer continuing in goal, with competition for the number one shirt not at its highest, we have no choice but to continue faith with the keeper. Having emerged during the week he is yet to make a decision on the clubs contract offer, all eyes will be on Archer, and I hope a good display arrives.
In the backline, I have two changes with Martin and Craig being dropped to the bench, and Nelson and Chesmain coming into the first XI. Albeit both young and in Chesmain’s case hugely inexperienced, with both Martin and Craig poor on Tuesday it’s a chance for the these two youngsters to come in and stack a claim.
Chesmain hugely impressed in pre-season, and looks to fit the bill to be a full back at the club, he is the left footed version of Romeo to me. With Nelson we know what to expect, a no nonsense display with perhaps an odd error along the way, for me the only way he will improve is if he is playing. With Craig disappointing on Tuesday, and Hutchinson picking up an injury a chance needs to be afforded to Nelson.
On the right side of defence I’ve kept both Webster and Romeo in the XI. Neither walked out with much credit on Tuesday night, but both are the type of characters we need at the minute, players who show they care hugely about results.
In midfield I’ve gone for a complete shake up with Williams and Abdou in the centre and Worrall and Ferguson starting on either flank. I don’t think many would’ve expected it this season, but we missed Williams in the midfield on Tuesday. Not that I think he would’ve influenced the result much more, but the way he has started the season makes him an automatic choice in the side.
The most noticeable absentee is the demotion of Thompson to the bench, not that I think Thompson was to blame on Tuesday night, I just feel Thompson would benefit from sitting out the start of this game. With Abdou, we know what we’re going to get from Jimmy, and against a side like Sheffield United who will look to be direct on Saturday, we could do with Abdou’s energy in the middle.
Worrall should return to the XI with Harris not risking the winger on Tuesday night late on when the game was put to bed. We missed his presence on the right, and hopefully returning him to the side will bring back our strengths on the wing. I’ve also put Ferguson in the team, on the same basis of his ability to get a delivery into the box, not only this he would also be able to provide support to Chesmain when in defence.
Up top no shocks as always with Morison and Gregory leading the line. Much like MK Dons the pair were very isolated on Tuesday night, and I believe with Worrall and Ferguson coming into the side, we would be able to provide support to the forward line from the wide areas. Despite Morison’s outburst on Tuesday towards the fans, without the forward in the side we dearly miss his presence and know how in attack.
So that’s my XI, what do you make of the team and what would you like to see yourself for tomorrow’s game?