Warhorse Anthony Gerrard will be in contention for a start against Charlton tonight despite suffering concussion in the derby stalemate with Doncaster.

The centre-back revealed he needed four stitches in a nasty gash above his right eye and was feeling “groggy” after a first-half clash of heads.

He played the rest of the game bandaged up and said: “I’m a bit groggy and have a sore head, but I’ll survive.”

Gerrard says Charlton will probably be a different prospect from the side Town beat 3-2 in the Capital One Cup in August.

“They made a lot of changes and so you can’t take too much from that game,” said Gerrard. “But we’ve made a solid start and are in good form at home.”

Town are unbeaten at the John Smith’s Stadium since March, a record Donny came close to ending.

Gerrard added Saturday’s switch to 4-4-2 shows Town can still mix it up against sides causing them problems and adapt their style if necessary.

 

“The change was about matching Doncaster and getting into the game after a slow start,” he explained.

“We get more confidence on the ball in a 3-5-2.

“There’s a reason why we play that way and we need to remember that.

“We should be playing the ball out quickly from the back. We also need to be getting our creative players on the ball. For whatever reason we didn’t do that.

“With the 4-4-2 we still tried to pass it, but we could go more direct and it allowed us to cause them some problems.”

Half-time encouragement from boss Mark Robins helped changed the game and Gerrard said: “He told us we needed to lift it.

“We did and we created a fair few chances in the second half that we didn’t stick away. But the flip side is they can say the same.”

Jon Stead had an impact as a half-time substitute and Gerrard said: “Steady did really well when he came on. He created a few chances and nearly scored.”

He praised James Vaughan’s work in both boxes while of Joel Lynch’s late effort which hit the bar he said: “On another day that would’ve gone in.

 

“In the end I was happy with a point.

“I don’t see too much to grumble about with a draw and a clean sheet.”

Calum Woods finished that match with an ankle problem which has cleared up, while Vaughan is also fit (thigh).