Cresswell absence creates dilemmas for Blues boss

AARON Cresswell’s one-game suspension following his sending off against Crystal Palace has left Paul Jewell pondering “two or three changes”.

The Blues boss is left with a dilemma over both Cresswell’s replacement for tomorrow’s match against Millwall and how losing the left-back’s pace up and down the flank could change the dynamic of the team.

Mark Kennedy would seem the obvious like-for-like man to come in, but that could leave Jewell deliberating whether to make further changes up the field to compensate losing Cresswell, who the manager believes has been Town’s best player this season.

Jewell said: “We will be missing Cressie which is a bit of a blow for us. You start thinking shall I make two or three changes for one, but it is important we don’t throw the baby out with the bath water – as there is an awful lot we have been doing right lately.

“We have won four games playing a diamond formation and given teams a lot of problems. We have lost one playing it. Why do we have to change the system for one player?

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“It is a decision I will have to make and whoever I put in at left-back, I am sure they will go in and do a decent job.”

Meanwhile, Fulham boss Martin Jol has issued a hands-off to any plans Jewell might have of trying to extend David Stockdale’s deal at Portman Road beyond the end of this season.

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Jol said: “He’s part of our plans, but I’ve got another great goalkeeper (Mark Schwarzer) who’s one of the best. He’s (David’s) our player. We identified him and took him, so hopefully everybody’s happy in the future.”

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