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Hamburg Squad Announced

Five players are missing from the 20 man squad for the match against Hamburg.

Our final UEFA Cup group match has seen Gabby Agbonlahor, Ashley Young, Gareth Barry, Martin Laursen and James Milner left behind in Birmingham, whilst O'Neill has promoted to the squad six highly rated youngers.

Barry Bannan, Shane Lowry, Chris Herd, Ciaran Clark, Zoltan Stieber and as expected Nathan Delfouneso will be challenging to get on the pitch against Hamburg tomorrow night.

Kick off is 7.45pm and the match is live on Channel 5.

Squad from:

Friedel, Young, Sidwell, Harewood, Taylor, Delfouneso, Davies, Knight, Salifou, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Shorey, Guzan, Cuellar, Gardner, Bannan, Lowry, Herd, Clark, Stieber.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday December 16 2008
Time: 2:57PM


Whilst I think it is the right move by MON, I do feel a tad sympathetic towards the fans who have paid alot of money, to travel to watch it.
17/12/2008 18:33:00
Why all the doom and gloom from some people? The sign of a good team is when the fringe players can easily come in when needed. And from that squad we can make a pretty decent team: Guzan, Cuellar, Davies, Knight, Young, Sidwell, Reo Coker, Petrov, Gardner, Harewood and Delfouneso. Although it'll be more than likely a 4-5-1 with Salifou in the middle somewhere.
17/12/2008 11:13:00
I think that it shows that MON like many on here would prefer to finish in the Prem Top 4 than win the UEFA Cup. Throughout the cup he has played largely second string players but I see that he has realised that if we finish 1st or 2nd in the group and get an away first leg in the next round it would be on the Thursday before our home match against Chelsea. That could be a long journey so I suspect finishing 3rd and having a home leg before Chelsea has some appeal.
pongo wearing
17/12/2008 10:19:00
Would we rather have a manager who is terrified to try anything different because he may 'get it wrong'? There are plenty of those around. The good managers - long term - are those who are prepared to take some risks. We have what to me is a far more important match coming up at the weekend. Yes this is European football, but our spot in the Premiership is FAR more important.
16/12/2008 22:04:00
I think it's fantastic, and I would like to think I would have done something similar if I'd been in charge. How many other managers would have the bottle to do this? I would hate to see our success stop the young players coming through.
16/12/2008 21:18:00
We'll see won't we, I can understand the travelling faithful getting a bit pi* *ed off by the lack of 'stars' but I am sure they all want what is best for the club, to assume that the players at this match will be unable to put on a match winning performance, does them a great disservice, do you support Ashley Young or do you support Villa? We have all spent a great deal of money to get to matches that have been dire, doesn't matter who's playing, I can't believe some of the comments here, you're supposed to be supporters F F S
16/12/2008 20:47:00
Im worried - if we finish 3rd we will get a Champs League team. Not bad in itself but we will get slaughtered in the press and itll be that we should have made more of an effort here to ensure and easier tie!
16/12/2008 20:42:00
Whats all this resting players nonsense, what we gonna do if we qualify for the Champs League? Bet we wont be resting anyone then.
16/12/2008 19:52:00
Gotta agree. Players have a lot of big prem games coming up and resting them is not a bad idea. As previously mentioned i don't think there are any easy ties left in this competition and to that end doesn't really matter if you finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd. Mind you, i would be surprised if Hamburg play their best side either as they are also having a tough time in Bundesliga and would be more focused on that.
16/12/2008 17:56:00
yeh but its about resting players. wouldn't want our star players knackered for prem games. nrc is quality by the way. no way a fringe player!
16/12/2008 17:49:00
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