At first glance, the team selection looks a little surprising given that Jamie Ward has finally found the shooting boots that apparently fell down the side of the sofa with all the crisps and crumbs. Oliver Burke too has been every bit as impressive as we hoped he might be. Gary Gardner - while not quite scaling the dizzy heights of his initial spell here - hasn't put a foot wrong.
On the other hand, the games have been thick and fast in recent weeks. Gardner has been dropped in and on occasions has looked a tad short of match fitness - hardly surprising given his recent injury and lack of game time. Both Burke and Ward have been called upon heavily in recent weeks and while it's bloody tempting to let him run and run and run, it's also important to protect him. Ward less so - he can protect himself thank you very much.
Do we need another defensively minded midfielder in the engine room at home? Maybe. Maybe not. But Mancienne has been mightily impressive in this position recently and him being stationed there should allow Mendes and Osborn a little more freedom to get forward. Besides, two strikers at home has been effective.
It wouldn't be surprising to see Ward and Burke unleashed at some stage. No...not like 'that'. I meant on the field. Have a word with yourself.