Colunga starts but Baldock must await his chance

Adrian Colunga in action at Swindon in midweek

Adrian Colunga in action at Swindon in midweek

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Albion have handed striker Adrian Colunga his Championship debut – in place of right-back Inigo Calderon.

But Sam Baldock must wait for his chance to impress.

Colunga starts at home to Charlton as the only change to the side which kicked off last Saturday’s 2-1 success over Bolton.

He will be asked to combine with Joao Teixeira and Craig Mackail-Smith in attack.

Andrew Crofts is likely to play in a deeper role than last week.

And Bruno, who was man-of-the-match in midfield against the Trotters, reverts to right-back with Calderon making way.

Recent signings Baldock and Gary Gardner start on the bench.

They are joined by Kazenga LuaLua, who has recovered from the ankle injury he suffered at Swindon on Tuesday.

Such are the options now available to Sami Hyypia, three of his summer additions - Paddy McCourt, Chris O’Grady and Nzuzi Toko - are not in the 18.

Albion: Stockdale; Bruno, Greer, Dunk, Bennett; Holla, Forster-Caskey, Crofts; Teixeira, Mackail-Smith, Colunga. Subs: Ankergren, Hughes, Baldock, Gardner, LuaLua, Calderon, Ince.

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2:28pm Sat 30 Aug 14

maakene says...

Interesting to see that JFC keeps his place. Must feel the pressure, now, with Gardner on the bench. Hope this inspires him to lift his game
Interesting to see that JFC keeps his place. Must feel the pressure, now, with Gardner on the bench. Hope this inspires him to lift his game maakene
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2:54pm Sat 30 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

Calderon hasnt been at his best this season - partly because he has been played out of position on the left.

I see Ashley Barnes denied Van Gaal today with a crucial penalty area body block.
Calderon hasnt been at his best this season - partly because he has been played out of position on the left. I see Ashley Barnes denied Van Gaal today with a crucial penalty area body block. sussexram40
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2:55pm Sat 30 Aug 14

M T Wallet says...

maakene wrote:
Interesting to see that JFC keeps his place. Must feel the pressure, now, with Gardner on the bench. Hope this inspires him to lift his game
Yes, I, like so many others am amazed JFC is in. Just cannot see it when McCourt, Ince and Gardner are available.
[quote][p][bold]maakene[/bold] wrote: Interesting to see that JFC keeps his place. Must feel the pressure, now, with Gardner on the bench. Hope this inspires him to lift his game[/p][/quote]Yes, I, like so many others am amazed JFC is in. Just cannot see it when McCourt, Ince and Gardner are available. M T Wallet
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