Lambert: There will be changes

Paul Lambert says he will change his team around against Luton in the Carabao Cup to ease the workload on his players.

Blues travel to Kenilworth Road for Tuesday’s first round tie in what will be one of eight games in the first month of the season, with a ninth scheduled if Town progress in the competition.

“We have to change the team and give players who didn’t start against Sunderland a go,” said the Town boss.

“We don’t have a massive, massive squad with the lads coming back from injury and that, so we have to change,” he said.

“I was going to say the young guys will get a chance but they are young, but we’ll definitely have to look at a few changes without a doubt.”

“There’s a game Saturday, a game next Tuesday, a game Saturday, maybe a game the following Wednesday, then Saturday, then Tuesday, then a game Tuesday, then a game Saturday. For me there are too many games, it’s not healthy for the game.

“You can’t keep flogging the same players game after game, I’ve said that from day one, that’s why the squad needs strengthening a little bit.”

When asked which players will be likely to get minutes tomorrow, Lambert responded that several areas will be rotated.

“We will see how Judgey [Alan Judge] is because he played 50 minutes or so on Saturday. Emyr Huws needs game time. We will definitely change it around because we have to.”

“Luke Woolfenden I thought was excellent on Saturday, but it’s a big ask for that kid to go Saturday, Saturday, Tuesday, it’s really tough. There’ll be changes in that area as well.

“I left out James Wilson because James hadn’t done a pre-season and he came off last Saturday with a massive cramp, which I knew was going to happen.

“We can’t majorly take a risk with James either. We’re trying and give people game time and that’s what we’ll try and do.”

One person who Lambert did confirm to start was ‘keeper Will Norris.