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He's brave as well. After taking that knock he was clearly in pain but made a really great tackle a minute or two after.

And also just after that the turn of pace he showed to get back to a runner in right wing. Can’t be too many Centre backs in premier league that are as quick as him either
 

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Based on performances alone, Mepham should obviously start, but I'm expecting it to be Egan and Bjelland and I'm also expecting them to struggle to cope with Fulham's pace and movement. The fact that Egan is captain puts DS in a difficult position, but I think his tendency to prioritise inclusion of the captain is misguided.
 

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I am a great believer in picking your best team on a match by match basis, and of course that would include Mepham. I don't go with the thinking that just because you win games you keep the same team. Team selection should take into account the team you are facing next, and in this case I think we need Mepham's pace. However do I think this will happen, no unfortunately.
 

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I don't know how you leave Egan out, but for me Mepham and Bjelland should play. Our most experienced head in what will be a full throttle promotion clash and Derby, and our best defender who will surely go further in the game than either of the other two. Over to you DS.
 

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Really tough decision. I think DS will stick with Egan and Bjelland.

The Manager is paid to make tough decisions. Two play on Saturday from 3 and if Mepham is fit, he has to play him. Best defender I've seen play for us in years. One opportunity this. We have to get something out of this game and for that to happen, Mepham needs to start.
 

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What has Egan done to deserve to be dropped? The only ever present one in the defence on this clean sheet run.

fair enough, but he's simply not as good as the other two, who are now both available. Meps & Bjelland looked fantastic together in that little run a while back. 4 games to go - we've got to use our best pairing.
 

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fair enough, but he's simply not as good as the other two, who are now both available. Meps & Bjelland looked fantastic together in that little run a while back. 4 games to go - we've got to use our best pairing.

It’s possibke that prior to the Forest game the players knew that Would be Egan and Bjelland against Forest and Mepham and ...... against Fulham.
 

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The last few games we have made 3/4 suttle changes. I am not against this continuing at this stage of the season. Also DS might be looking at the bigger picture in that we do qualify for the play offs, then the players will have more games to cover in the tired legs. We need to keep using our talented squad we have got at present.
 
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Play one of the centre backs at defensive midfield? (Where's the fishing thingy gone?)

You fished me in but in the unlikely event we did that I'd have Barbet at DM in front of Mepham and Bjelland. Mepham could probably do a good job there but he really needs to get experience in his actual position and that's the one he can add most to the team from as well. But either way, it is far too defensive a choice and I'd rather have an actual DM in DM.
 

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The easier option is to keep him on the bench but if Deano starts him we will know that he rates him that highly, and quite rightly so. None of the three deserve to miss out but three into two doesn't go.
 

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We need pace at the back. Meps should start. Smith has to make the big decision. I'd put Bjelland on the bench.
 

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A big decision but a no brainer decision for me. If Mepham doesn't start I think I'll end up sober again ....
 

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best team must be selected , no room for sentiment . Save him for the play offs ? LOL !
 

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need to also look at the bigger picture, If Mepham doesn't start tomorrow then the small hope of keeping him this summer will end up as being zero.
 

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need to also look at the bigger picture, If Mepham doesn't start tomorrow then the small hope of keeping him this summer will end up as being zero.

I'm not sure I "get that" IB, are you suggesting he would leave in disgust if not played at Fulham?!
I hope I am wrong, but I have a feeling Smith will play his experienced CB duo to counter Mitrovic, but I am sure that Mepham should be delighted with his progress this year (first team regular, capped for Wales etc)and any "rests" from the first team will have been explained. I still hold out hope that both he & Ollie will still be with us at the start of next season for footballing reasons.
 

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I'm not sure I "get that" IB, are you suggesting he would leave in disgust if not played at Fulham?!
I hope I am wrong, but I have a feeling Smith will play his experienced CB duo to counter Mitrovic, but I am sure that Mepham should be delighted with his progress this year (first team regular, capped for Wales etc)and any "rests" from the first team will have been explained. I still hold out hope that both he & Ollie will still be with us at the start of next season for footballing reasons.

So the way I see it there was no reason he should have been 'dropped' or 'rested' but he is our best centre back IMO. We rejected a bid for him in January from a Premiership club and since then has earned an International call up. If I was in his position I would be thinking ok so a must win game I am not selected (when I know and the rest of the fans know I am the best CB) but I would be selected playing for a Premiership club earning potentially 10 times what I am earning now. So what motivation would he have to stay?
 

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Give the management team a bit of credit and trust them to make the right call.


I'll give them credit if and only when I see the team sheet tomorrow and Mepham is in the starting line up.
 

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Bjelland and Mepham for me, all day long. Even accepting how well Egan has done. It helps us build from the back and Bjelland makes Mepham even better.
 

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So the way I see it there was no reason he should have been 'dropped' or 'rested' but he is our best centre back IMO. We rejected a bid for him in January from a Premiership club and since then has earned an International call up. If I was in his position I would be thinking ok so a must win game I am not selected (when I know and the rest of the fans know I am the best CB) but I would be selected playing for a Premiership club earning potentially 10 times what I am earning now. So what motivation would he have to stay?

If he stays with us, the main reason will be for the certainty of game time to allow him to develop further.
This has been his breakthrough season, playing with us has got him international exposure.
IMHO he is more likely to be chuffed to bits at how many games he has played as opposed to sat sulking if he doesn't get picked against Fulham.
Management will share with him their plans as to how much game time he gets at this stage of his career.
I am equally sure that with a first pre-season as an established first team player, off the back of that he can expect to play 40+ games next season if still here.

I don't want to say the situation is not delicate, particularly if a Prem club is waving a life changing contract under his nose.
His agent will also no doubt be getting rather twitchy.
But I honestly believe that young guys like Mepham & Ollie can see the benefits of developing their games at Brentford & that they might conceivably wait another half or whole season with us before taking the next step up. IMHO Not getting picked in this crunch match wouldn't change that
 
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If he stays with us, the main reason will be for the certainty of game time to allow him to develop further.
This has been his breakthrough season, playing with us has got him international exposure.
IMHO he is more likely to be chuffed to bits at how many games he has played as opposed to sat sulking if he doesn't get picked against Fulham.
Management will share with him their plans as to how much game time he gets at this stage of his career.
I am equally sure that with a first pre-season as an established first team player, off the back of that he can expect to play 40+ games next season if still here.

I don't want to say the situation is not delicate, particularly if a Prem club is waving a life changing contract under his nose.
His agent will also no doubt be getting rather twitchy.
But I honestly believe that young guys like Mepham & Ollie can see the benefits of developing their games at Brentford & that they might conceivably wait another half or whole season with us before taking the next step up.

I can't disagree with any of that. All good and valid points. But a must win game one surely needs to play your best starting line up with your best players in their position against dare I say it a very good team. Tomorrow to me is where Smith earns his money ...
 

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Good defensive performance.. few silly errors. but nothing too worrying... plays like he has 100 games under his belt and not 20..
 

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Thought him and both bjelland were great first half covering up for the fullbacks which got a exposed a fair few times... They got in dangerous positions but meps and bjelland read the danger really well and put in some great last ditch blocks/tackles
 

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Going to score the winner against his boyhood team.
 

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QPR and Welsh. What a shame. lol

With Queens Park Rangers up next, the Wales international said he was itching to step back out at Griffin Park.

“It’s going to be a very interesting game. They’re my boyhood team and I was on trial there when I was younger and got turned away, so there’s some extra edge to the game. I’m looking forward to playing them if selected, and hopefully getting the three points as there’ll be no better feeling. I’ll have some family coming down for that one – I imagine every man and his dog will want a ticket!”

Forgiven for Wales. As a RaRa? That’s a tough one! lol

Let’s hope Meps doesn’t do a sicky on Saturday! :D
 

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I loved one tackle on Mitrovic in the first half where he just pinched the ball from his feet on the edge of our area.
 

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He's a bit good isn't he. Managed that Doctor Who lump with ease. But brilliant today
 

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Potentially the best centre back we ever had. Has all the attributes of a world class centre back. If Kyle Walker is worth 50m, I can't imagine how much Mepham is worth.
 

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Some more experience today of dealing with "hoofball". very good game overall.
 

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....what a great footballer this young man is.
 
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