Predicted XI vs Tranmere


GK: Lee Burge. Reliable against Wycombe by all accounts and wasn’t at fault for the goal, Burge deserves to keep his spot in goal.

RB: Conor McLaughlin. Our only option unless Parkinson moves O’Nien back there.

CB: Jordan Willis. Couldn’t really deal with Akinfenwa’s presence on Saturday but will expect to retain his place in the heart of defence.

CB: Joel Lynch. We don’t really have any other viable options to partner Willis. A settled defence could be key to becoming more stable at the back.

LB: Hume. Defensively poor at Wycombe but decent going forward. Story of his season.

CM: George Dobson. We’ve seen time and time again that Leadbitter and Power can’t work together in the engine room. We clearly need more athleticism and defensive cover.

CM: Max Power. Probably our best midfielder this season and should be allowed to roam forward at home against Tranmere; his boyhood club.

LM: Chris Maguire. With McGeady suspended, this is Maguire’s chance to show the new gaffer whet he can do and give PP a headache against Shrewsbury.

RM: Lynden Gooch. It was surprising to see the American dropped as Parkinson supposedly likes wingers who work hard off the ball. Although Watmore was bright, he can’t be expected to play two games in such short time.

CAM: Luke O’Nien. Luke barely saw the ball against his former club but at home we’ll be expecting to see more of the ball. His energy can help us break teams down or surprise them early on.

ST: Will Grigg. Charlie Wyke’s injury couldn’t really have come at a better time for Grigg. He impressed against Wycombe despite not scoring, and surely will be hoping to build on that tonight.


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