I kept saying that Parker didn't suit the role we were playing him in, and his replacement Captain Kev offers the same dilemma. Tell me, what did he do against Birmingham apart from rake Zigic and argue with the officials. Piquionne and Faubert were dire, but Nolan pushed them for Tosser of the Match. He was booed when announced as MOTM against Barnsley and was anonymous, that foul apart, against Brum.
His highly predictable yellow card means we can see how the team performs without him. Mind you, Allardyce is going to struggle to find eleven players to start. If Baldock had any chance of starting on Saturday, surely he would have been on the bench yesterday. And if O'Neil was half fit, surely he would have come on after 70 mins.
If I was in charge, I would turn to the kids. Montano would be recalled. Montenegro would start. And Hall too.
Derby are shit and I would demand three points from free flowing football. My side would read:
O'Brien, Diop (assuming Faye is not fit), Tomkins, Potts
Montenegro, Noble, Lansbury, Montano
Subs: Carew, O'Neil, Stech, Sears, Driver.
Will Allardyce trust the kids? He may not have any choice!