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7 October 2014

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There will be changes, but not wholesale...says the boss

David Bowie’s Changes probably won’t be blearing from the Kenilworth Road public address system this evening and John Still isn’t likely to be making wholesale ones either as the Town host League 1 Crawley in the club’s first Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie since winning the competition at Wembley in 2009.

Together with several first team players short of match-fitness and a lack of defensive cover – not to mention a rule in the competition that states six first team regulars must start – then the Hatters side will have a familiar look about it.

“We will make some changes, I think quite a few teams will, but there will be changes made looking at a bigger picture for us,” the manager said at his pre-match press conference on Monday.

“Players that we think need to have a bit of game time, players coming back from injury, most notable really, Jonathan Smith and Nathan Doyle, can do with some more game time as opposed to training. We might as well play them two, so they’ll play.

“We’re not flush with defenders, so the back four will remain the same, and then around that we have other people who just need the games.

“Paul Benson’s been out, so he needs to play. Luke Guttridge, he needs to play, so when you look at those players, they’re good players.

“Luke didn’t play Saturday so he’ll be okay. Hopefully we can look at Alex Lawless and he can get some game time, look at Alex Wall, Charlie Walker, Jake Howells has been around it too, they’re people who are all in and around contention.”

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