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5 October 2015

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Changes likely but no fear for Hatters in JPT tie

The Town are likely to make changes for Tuesday night's trip to Gillingham in the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Competition rules state that six players who played the last fixture, or six of the players with the most appearances so far this season, must play in the tie.

First team coach Hakan Hayrettin took the Monday press conference at the training ground.

And although confirming there would be changes to the team that beat Hartlepool on Saturday, Hayrettin said the Town will pick a team that they feel can topple the League 1 Gills.

"Whatever team the manager picks will be ready," said Hayrettin. "We fear nobody. We know our squad is strong and that on our day we can beat anybody. We've shown that many times in the time that we have been here."

The Town will be without striker Craig Mackail-Smith at Priestfield after he limped off in the weekend with a slight hamstring strain. Hayrettin says the injury isn't bad as first feared and the former Brighton man was substituted for a precaution if anything.

With the Hatters development squad away to Southend in a fixture at the Shrimpers' training ground on Tuesday (ko 12 noon), a number of players in the squad will get a run-out on Tuesday.

"It will be interesting to see how both sides do," said Hayrettin. "We don't like to call it the development squad as we feel it is one first team squad. Both games are very important to us. All we hope is that we can continue the momentum we've got at the club at the moment."

You can watch six minutes of chat with Hakan here on Hatters Player.

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