Allardyce to ring the changes


dpoyetSam Allardyce will ring the changes big time when the Irons step out against Sydney FC tomorrow.

We are likely to see the likes of Mauro Zarate, Stewart Downing, Adrian, Joey O’Brien, Diego Poyet, Dan Potts, Danny Whitehead and Matthias Fanimo getting starts.

Cheikhou Kouyate and James Tomkins, who suffered ankle and groin problems in the midweek defeat, will also miss the game according to

Allardyce told the official site  “Cheikh has gone for a scan to make sure there is no more damage than we’ve initially assessed medically, while James has got a groin strain towards the end of the game.

“I’ll sit down with the medical team and assess the knocks and bruises suffered in the match on Wednesday and we’ll prepare for training on Friday from there.”

The manager said the midweek game lifted the squad’s match-fitness  “to another level in pre-season.”

He explained: “We travelled down to Wellington on Thursday and we’ll do a little bit of training on Friday and then we’re into another highly-competitive game on Saturday which concludes our very nice, well-accommodated trip to New Zealand.”

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  • philtheiron says:

    I know we shouldn’t get too excited about performances and results in pre season matches and that it is all valuable training in the build up to the new season but,

    There is little point in flying halfway round the world to fly the flag for club and country and put in a performance as poor as the first game!
    For it does little for morale or the clubs name in this part of the world by playing so terribly, not to mention the effects on raising the clubs profile worldwide.

    If you are going on these kind of trips then surely we have to give potential fans something to want to choose WHUFC!
    Otherwise worldwide audiences will continue to watch Man U thrash teams like the galaxy 7-0 all the time!

    When will we stop shooting ourselves in the foot? COYI!

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