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Cup tie marks milestone for Greer

The Argus: Gordon Greer will make his 150th appearance for Albion Gordon Greer will make his 150th appearance for Albion

Gordon Greer could have a new partner for his 150th Albion appearance.

Head coach Oscar Garcia is weighing up whether to rest the captain’s regular sidekick Matt Upson from cup action again.

Upson has played every minute of every Championship match this season.

The only games the 34-year-old has sat out are the Capital One Cup tie against Newport County at the start of the campaign and the FA Cup third round victory at home to Reading earlier this month.

Oscar is mulling over whether to maintain the pattern by handing Lewis Dunk his first start for 13 months alongside Greer in tomorrow’s awkward fourth round assignment at Port Vale.

Long-serving Adam El-Abd would have been a certain starter at Vale Park before his move to Bristol City last week.

Dunk, for the time being, has moved up to third in the centre-half pecking order, with Albion targeting experienced Northern Ireland international Chris Baird as a potential replacement for El-Abd.

Oscar’s selection is complicated by two tough away trips in the Championship to follow the test in the Potteries, at Burnley next Tuesday and Watford five days later. Dunk, 22, made his only senior appearance so far this season in the last round against Reading as a second-half replacement for Greer on the skipper’s comeback from a calf injury.

Meanwhile, a move on loan to Kilmarnock for the rest of the season is in the pipeline for Albion’s Latvian international Vitalijs Maksimenko. The versatile development squad defender has been out of the first team picture since Stephen Ward was signed in mid-August.

Maksimenko is training with Kilmarnock today and has been lined up to make his debut in tomorrow’s Scottish Premier League fixture at home to Inverness Caledonian Thistle, subject to international clearance.

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6:25am Fri 24 Jan 14

WestStander17 says...

Would be good experience for Dunk. With Micky Adams at the helm, you can be sure Port Vale will be up for it and will be chasing down everything from the off. It'll be good to see if Lewis can keep his composure and not get roughed up by this sort of opposition.

Good luck to Maksi up at Kilmarnock too. Should be a learning curve for him at a decent standard.
Would be good experience for Dunk. With Micky Adams at the helm, you can be sure Port Vale will be up for it and will be chasing down everything from the off. It'll be good to see if Lewis can keep his composure and not get roughed up by this sort of opposition. Good luck to Maksi up at Kilmarnock too. Should be a learning curve for him at a decent standard. WestStander17
  • Score: 11

6:51am Fri 24 Jan 14

WestStander17 says...

Off topic....does anyone know if Hoskins made it back to training as he hoped yesterday? Fingers crossed!
Off topic....does anyone know if Hoskins made it back to training as he hoped yesterday? Fingers crossed! WestStander17
  • Score: 5

7:50am Fri 24 Jan 14

To baldly go says...

Dunk needs to step up and stake a claim for a starting place, Maksi too, both now in their early 20s, they are not going to grow anymore and only experience will tell if they are going to make the grade imo.
Dunk needs to step up and stake a claim for a starting place, Maksi too, both now in their early 20s, they are not going to grow anymore and only experience will tell if they are going to make the grade imo. To baldly go
  • Score: 4

8:21am Fri 24 Jan 14

AlanDuffy says...

Nothing but dull and contrived "stories" at the moment.......not the Argus' fault if nothing's happening, but hoping to hear something exciting before long. If Bridcutt and/or Buckley go, we're going to have a very threadbare squad.
Nothing but dull and contrived "stories" at the moment.......not the Argus' fault if nothing's happening, but hoping to hear something exciting before long. If Bridcutt and/or Buckley go, we're going to have a very threadbare squad. AlanDuffy
  • Score: 2

8:56am Fri 24 Jan 14

AlanDuffy says...

You heard it here first....well, before the Argus anyway........Bright
on have offer accepted for MK Dons' Shaun Williams!
You heard it here first....well, before the Argus anyway........Bright on have offer accepted for MK Dons' Shaun Williams! AlanDuffy
  • Score: 4

9:06am Fri 24 Jan 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

Looked on MK Citizen site - guy get's poor rating. Look 'shaky'. We should be going after players who are better than this. If he looks 'shaky' in league one what hope at our level.
Looked on MK Citizen site - guy get's poor rating. Look 'shaky'. We should be going after players who are better than this. If he looks 'shaky' in league one what hope at our level. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: 5

9:11am Fri 24 Jan 14

Alfie T says...

AlanDuffy wrote:
You heard it here first....well, before the Argus anyway........Bright

on have offer accepted for MK Dons' Shaun Williams!
Glad to see we are aiming high!
[quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: You heard it here first....well, before the Argus anyway........Bright on have offer accepted for MK Dons' Shaun Williams![/p][/quote]Glad to see we are aiming high! Alfie T
  • Score: 5

9:24am Fri 24 Jan 14

dave from bexill says...

B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
Looked on MK Citizen site - guy get's poor rating. Look 'shaky'. We should be going after players who are better than this. If he looks 'shaky' in league one what hope at our level.
However, Dons player of the season last term
[quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: Looked on MK Citizen site - guy get's poor rating. Look 'shaky'. We should be going after players who are better than this. If he looks 'shaky' in league one what hope at our level.[/p][/quote]However, Dons player of the season last term dave from bexill
  • Score: 4

9:24am Fri 24 Jan 14

Major Bloodboil says...

WestStander17 wrote:
Off topic....does anyone know if Hoskins made it back to training as he hoped yesterday? Fingers crossed!
Yes he did, according to his Twitter page.
[quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: Off topic....does anyone know if Hoskins made it back to training as he hoped yesterday? Fingers crossed![/p][/quote]Yes he did, according to his Twitter page. Major Bloodboil
  • Score: 6

9:37am Fri 24 Jan 14

Towner83 says...

Off topic also, what about this argus? "We understand that Millwall and Brighton have agreed fees for MK Dons star Shaun Williams and that the Irishman has been given permission to hold talks with both clubs about a possible move away from Stadium mk." From sky sports at 8.46 this morning. If it's true, Poor local journalism if you ask me
Off topic also, what about this argus? "We understand that Millwall and Brighton have agreed fees for MK Dons star Shaun Williams and that the Irishman has been given permission to hold talks with both clubs about a possible move away from Stadium mk." From sky sports at 8.46 this morning. If it's true, Poor local journalism if you ask me Towner83
  • Score: -2

9:51am Fri 24 Jan 14

Steveg1958 says...

Personally I'd rather GG was rested !, aiming high as usual with the guy from MK Dons, and Baird at Fulham, What are the scouts doing, don't we have anyone in Europe looking. ?
Personally I'd rather GG was rested !, aiming high as usual with the guy from MK Dons, and Baird at Fulham, What are the scouts doing, don't we have anyone in Europe looking. ? Steveg1958
  • Score: 1

10:33am Fri 24 Jan 14

tinker111 says...

AlanDuffy wrote:
You heard it here first....well, before the Argus anyway........Bright

on have offer accepted for MK Dons' Shaun Williams!
is that the news caster ???
[quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: You heard it here first....well, before the Argus anyway........Bright on have offer accepted for MK Dons' Shaun Williams![/p][/quote]is that the news caster ??? tinker111
  • Score: -3

10:57am Fri 24 Jan 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

Getting back on topic. I think it would be a good idea to give Lewis Dunk a run out in the Cup. Having had an iffy year this could be just the opportunity he needs to get himself back on track. There's no doubting his ability. He just needs to prove to Oscar his desire to get back into the first team. Looked good when he came on against Reading.
Congrats to Gordon on his 150th appearance. UTA
Getting back on topic. I think it would be a good idea to give Lewis Dunk a run out in the Cup. Having had an iffy year this could be just the opportunity he needs to get himself back on track. There's no doubting his ability. He just needs to prove to Oscar his desire to get back into the first team. Looked good when he came on against Reading. Congrats to Gordon on his 150th appearance. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 4

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