At his pre-match press conference Tony Mowbray has heaped praise on the performances of the under 23's this season and is set to give them a chance in the Checkatrade Trophy match tonight at Rochdale.
The under 23's have been in fantastic form this season, Damien Johnson's side have lost just once this season. Mowbray said “I love watching our Under-23s, I think they’re a great football team with great camaraderie among themselves and I have no questions over their desire and heart, If they keep doing that then I do like to blood young players but we have to win football matches and to ask them to do that is difficult. But to drop one in every now and then it’s good and if they can grab their chance like Nuttall has then they will stay there.
“Let’s wait and see, I do feel that sometimes it’s a man’s game and needs a man to do the job and it can be difficult to ask an 18 or 19-year-old to get the job done but there’s a lot of quality at this club bubbling underneath."
Mowbray added: “I would like to play a lot of the Under-23s who have shown some scintillating football when I have been and watched them. Can they reproduce it against men and the pressure of playing against experienced pros? I won’t throw them all in, you can’t with the competition rules, but we would like to dip some in. We want to go to Rochdale and win but I will sit down with my staff and pick a team that we feel can be competitive and get a result.”