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One change for the Town at the Stadium of Light as Pelly comes in for Berry

12 January 2019

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Luton Town legend Mick Harford has made just one change to the Hatters' starting XI for the game at his boyhood club Sunderland today, as a new era kicks off with an old face in charge.

Big Mick, our much-loved former player, assistant, manager and current chief recruitment officer, has stuck with ten of the players who appeared in Nathan Jones' final game in charge at Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup last Saturday.

The only change is in midfield, where Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu returns in place of Luke Berry, who drops to the bench alongside new loan signing from Derby County, George Thorne.

That means James Shea will be in goal behind a back four of Jack Stacey, Matty Pearson, captain Sonny Bradley and James Justin. Alan McCormack will anchor the midfield with Mpanzu, Andrew Shinnie and Elliot Lee ahead of him.

Danny Hylton and James Collins will lead the attack as the Hatters look to extend their unbeaten run to 17 matches in league and FA Cup against their third-placed hosts, who start the match a point behind the Town in the Sky Bet League One table.


TOWN: Shea, Stacey, Pearson, Bradley (c), Justin, McCormack, Mpanzu, Shinnie, Lee, Collins, Hylton. Subs: Potts, Berry, Thorne, LuaLua, Jones, Sheehan, Isted.

SUNDERLAND: McLaughlin, Maguire, McGeouch, Wyke, Gooch, Flanagan, O'Nien, Baldwin, James, McGeady (c), Power. Subs: Ruiter, Matthews, Oviedo, Ozturk, Dunne, Mumba, Mbunga-Kimpioka.

REFEREE: Lee Probert

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