PETER JACKSON is shuffling his pack against Sunderland tonight and urging Town to go for glory (8.00).
Experienced right-back Ian Hughes is ruled out of the Carling Cup second-round tie with a hamstring strain suffered in training yesterday.
Jackson also has a massive doubt over his skipper, Rob Edwards, who is battling to overcome the hamstring injury which forced him off at Swansea on Saturday.
If Edwards misses out against Mick McCarthy's First Division side - which will also feature several changes - then Jackson might consider a complete reshuffle of resources and possibly of formation.
Teenage defender David Mirfin (knee) and Lee Fowler (leg) are confirmed as starters against a Wearside line-up which may not even include ex-McAlpine hero Marcus Stewart as McCarthy looks towards Saturday's League clash with Reading as more important.
Danny Schofield returns from his three-match ban while Dwayne Mattis and Nathan Clarke travel in a 19-strong squad.
"It looks like we are going to have a very young side out, particularly defensively, in what is a big test for us, but we've got everything to play for," said Jackson today.
"There will be a big crowd and a good atmosphere, but it's important we try and silence their fans by getting going straight from the off.
"What happened against them in pre-season counts for nothing now, especially as Sunderland are on their own patch tonight, but I'm sure they will not be looking forward to playing us and will get anxious if we start well and get after them.
"The pressure is definitely on them, we can go there ready to do our work and play our game and we will be going for glory for all those fans who are travelling up."
Following his substitute appearance on Saturday, Nat Brown could get a chance to start tonight, either as a centre-back or full-back.
Jackson also has the option to use Andrew Holdsworth and Tony Carss as wing-backs should he opt to go for a 3-5-2 line-up.
"I'm confident we can give our fans something to cheer, although we will have to work hard for our chances and it's important we tuck them away when they come, which we didn't do down at Swansea," added Jackson.
"We are well aware the bookies have Sunderland down as big favourites, but so were Derby in the last round and look what happened."
TEAMS AT STADIUM OF LIGHT
Sunderland (from): Poom, Ingham, McCartney, Oster, Williams, Butler, Thornton, Thirlwell, Bjorklund, Healy, Arca, Kyle, Stewart, Proctor, Clark, James, Brown, Whitley, Reddy, Black.
Town (from): Gray, Fowler, Carss, Stead, Newby, Scott, Worthington, Booth, Mirfin, Booty, Senior, Brown, Holdsworth, Ahmed, Schofield, Yates, Edwards, Clarke, Mattis.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancs).