The International break couldn’t have come at a more frustrating time, but once again it provides with another opportunity to prove ourselves as contenders this season.
Bristol City was a game I happily admit I was not expecting us to win; though we had proven ourselves against arguably much tougher opposition, the Robins had been quite the bogey team in recent years.
You can’t say much about a game you didn’t see, and you certainly can’t say anything about the performance, but from what I have heard from other fans, we were more than deserving of the victory.
This win was made even more important, not only because of the international break, but also because of our next game this week against Middlesbrough.
Boro have not been on top form in the past few games and sit only 3 points above us in 4th. Despite the best defensive record in the league (only 6 goals conceded), they have struggled for goals and have the lowest amount in the top 9.
These stats won’t make our game any easier however, with so much talent at the back and forwards like Assombalonga, Gestede and Hugill (if they are all fit) it surely can’t be long before they start to score?
Sam Winnall is getting closer and closer to being back to full fitness but will not be a part of this Friday’s squad, and it’s safe to assume this is also the case with Sam Hutchinson.
Lees, Hector, Thorniley
Palmer, Pelupessy, Bannan, Penney
Reach, Fletcher, Forestieri
Not too sure whether the line-up we started against Bristol City would do as well against Boro, and with how they set up defensively we will need as much of our best attacking talent on the pitch to break them down.