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Fans’ panel: what’s your starting XI?

On our fans’ panel to discuss that this week are IAN CORBISHLEY, from Biddulph; MARC ESPLEY, from Fenton; MATT DALGARNO, from Basford; and SIMON MARSON, from Stone.

What’s your starting XI?

Ian Corbishley: Maenpaa, Souttar, Collins, Fox, Smith, Mikel, Powell, Clucas, Brown, Fletcher and Campbell.

Bursik may struggle against what will be a physical Wednesday side and he is going to need better protection than he has had in his first two games. Six goals conceded in those two games is not an ideal start for a young keeper but the blame for at least some has this has to be directed at the midfield and defence.

An experienced keeper should start and we must have faith in Michael O’Neill that he won’t allow Bursik to lose confidence.

Marc Espley: Bursik, Souttar, Collins, Batth, Smith, Fox, Mikel, Clucas, Campbell, Fletcher, McClean. If McClean is not available then Jacob Brown plays, if Fletcher is out then we only have Vokes.

Matt Dalgarno: I’d go 4-2-3-1. I thought Collins did well when replacing Smith and his aerial ability will help against the way we know Pulis will set Wednesday up to play. Hopefully Fletcher is fit, if not I’d start Ince and play Campbell up top.

Bursik, Collins, Batth, Souttar, Fox, Mikel, Clucas, Brown, Powell, Campbell, Fletcher.

Simon Marson: My starting 11 would be Bursik, Smith, Batth, Souttar, Fox, Mikel, Clucas, Powell, Campbell, Fletcher, Brown.

I would stick with the same back four, I know we have conceded goals of late but I’m a big believer in keeping continuity at the back. Bursik hopefully will grow with confidence and, let’s be honest, we haven’t got much choice.

Mikel and Clucas are the obvious pairing in midfield especially with Joe Allen still injured. Powell again has to play, he can be frustrating but he is our star man and will make things happen.

Fletcher if fit is our first choice. If he is missing I would play Vokes as a focal point. Brown and Campbell either side to offer pace on the break which will be vital.


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