Spireites to ring the changes ahead of Wolves U23 test

Danny Wilson says he can't afford not to make changes for tonight's visit of Wolves Under 23s in the EFL Trophy.

Tuesday, 30th August 2016, 7:07 am

The much maligned new format of what was once known as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy means the Spireites have to go through a group stage before the knockout rounds begin.

The campaign to get to Wembley starts tonight against a Championship side’s reserves and Wilson insists he simply can’t put out his first choice side.

“There will be changes, there has to be,” he said.

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“We don’t carry a squad big enough to play week in, week out with the same team.

“Some of the lads need a rest.

“If it means they get a rest in this game then so be it.”

Rules state however that a minimum of five ‘first team’ players from Wilson’s squad will have to make an appearance.

And the boss has no intention of rolling over for the Wolves second string.

“We’ll have to put a decent side out, that’s the thing, and a side we expect to win,” he said.

“We’re not putting a team out to lose, we’re putting a team out to win and let’s hope we can do that.”

Experienced centre-half Sam Hird echoed his manager’s sentiments after Saturday’s disappointing 3-1 League One defeat to Millwall.

“It’s not a chance for us to put things right in the league but it is an important cup game and we’ll be putting a strong side and looking to win,” he added.