City forced to reshuffle as Fozzy's ban takes effect

City boss Bryan Gunn is forced into his first team change tonight at Wolves, with skipper Mark Fotheringham suspended and new players challenging for places. Gunn's three games in charge have been noticeable not just for the unbeaten record but also the stability in his starting XI, which hadn't previously been unchanged since home games against Wolves and Doncaster in October.

City boss Bryan Gunn is forced into his first team change tonight at Wolves, with skipper Mark Fotheringham suspended and new players challenging for places

Gunn's three games in charge have been noticeable not just for the unbeaten record but also the stability in his starting XI, which hadn't previously been unchanged since home games against Wolves and Doncaster in October.

But Fotheringham's yellow card at Doncaster on Friday, which took his tally to five, scuppered the chance of Gunn making it four in a row.

"That's been great," he said. "They are building a good team pattern, and the ones that are playing well are keeping the jerseys.

"I wanted to get a team out on the pitch for the Barnsley game which I knew would be committed to me and the football club and that continues to be the same.

"I have told the other players that once you're in you're in - it's up to you to keep the shirt. But there are other people in the background that are desperate to get in.

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"I have got people knocking on my door and it's difficult because with positive results you don't want to disrupt anything too much. They all understand, but Fozzy's suspension obviously gives us an opportunity now to maybe move things around a bit."

As well as the new faces, Gunn has a familiar one, albeit complete with bruise available in Darel Russell, who left the field just before half-time at Doncaster with a nasty looking injury around his right eye.

"He had a big bump on his head but we had a little head tennis competition yesterday and he was heading the ball no problem," said Gunn.

"It was good news that there was nothing fractured. He has a little bit of a black eye, but that's the type of people we want in the team, showing that commitment. Doc (Gary Doherty) coming off and getting stitches and going back on - that's what we will need from now to the end of the season. I know the rest of the team are committed like that as well so it's good to have them fit for selection."