Gerken Returns as Lambert Makes Five Changes
Saturday, 8th Dec 2018 14:23
Town boss Paul Lambert has made five changes for this afternoon’s game against Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium including a switch in goal with Dean Gerken replacing the out-of-form Bartosz Bialkowski.
Lambert sticks with his regular back four but with Cole Skuse out with a knee injury Trevoh Chalobah returns in the deeper midfield role with Flynn Downes and Jon Nolan, making his first start since the change of manager, ahead of him.
Jack Lankester makes his second senior start, probably on the right of the front three, with Freddie Sears on the left and Jordan Roberts the central striker. Kayden Jackson and Grant Ward, starters at Forest last week miss out on places in the 18, while Teddy Bishop drops to the bench.
Stoke make two changes to the team which drew 2-2 at Reading last week with Saido Berahino and Ashley Williams replacing James McClean and Bruno Martins Indi.
Stoke City: Butland, Martina, Shawcross, Williams, Pieters, Woods, Allen, Clucas, Ince, Afobe, Berahino. Subs: Federici, McClean, Martins Indi, Diouf, Fletcher, Crouch, Sorensen.
Town: Gerken, Spence, Chambers (c), Pennington, Knudsen, Chalobah, Downes, Nolan, Lankester, Sears, Roberts. Subs: Bialkowski, Edwards, Harrison, Bishop, Rowe, Nsiala, Dozzell. Referee: Geoff Eltringham (County Durham).
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