Stuart Gray is pondering changes for tonight’s home game against Brighton after Saturday’s slip-up at Doncaster.
Caolan Lavery could miss out after sitting out training yesterday with tightness in a hamstring.
Sam Hutchinson is among players challenging for a recall and Gray will be calling on his team to rediscover the standards shown in the home victories against Birmingham and QPR.
Lavery was also taken off in only the 50th minute of the Doncaster derby, for tactical reasons, and faces being sidelined only 10 days after his two-goal starring show against the Blues. “He’s got a bit of a tight hamstring, so he’s not trained. We’ll leave him until the last minute,” said Gray.
But Gray says that a young player will have ups and downs and is pleased that Lavery has signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract: “He just has to realise sometimes that when it’s not working for you, you’ve got to keep it simple and work your way back and keep your confidence that way rather than chase the game.
“Caolan didn’t have the best of games on Saturday but he wasn’t the only one.
“It was important we got him re-signed. You don’t want to lose your better young players. The last thing we wanted was him walking out of the door and us having to go to a tribunal.
“He can now put that in the drawer and focus on getting us up the league. Caolan just lacks experience.
“When it doesn’t happen for you, it doesn’t stop you from working and running in behind and chasing lost causes. I couldn’t fault him for that.”
Gray also feels that Lavery and other players had trouble coping with Doncaster’s bobbly pitch.
Hutchinson could start tonight after coming back from a knee injury as a sub. Striker Benik Afobe is another contender to step up.
Grays says there are still six clubs interested in Gary Madine and a decision will be made before Thursday’s deadline, as planned.