Robins makes two changes to starting XI
James Vaughan makes his first start in seven games for Town in today’s 3pm FA Cup Round Four kick-off at home to Charlton Athletic.
Town’s 12 goal top scorer replaces the cup-tied Nahki Wells in the side, completing his return from the knee injury that kept him sidelined since the 0-0 draw at Brighton on 21 December after coming off the bench at QPR last weekend.
Mark Robins’ only other change to the starting line-up comes in midfield, where Jonathan Hogg misses out with a hip problem. His place is taken by Oscar Gobern; like Vaughan, it is his first start since the stalemate at the Amex Stadium.
Town look set to continue in their 3-5-2 formation against the Addicks today, with goalkeeper Alex Smithies in goal behind defenders Murray Wallace, Anthony Gerrard and Tommy Smith.
Paul Dixon starts at left wing-back with birthday boy Adam Hammill – he’s 26 today – on the right flank.
Oscar Gobern, who turns 23 tomorrow, joins Blue & White Foundation Player of the Month Adam Clayton and Oliver Norwood in central midfield, leaving Danny Ward to partner James Vaughan in attack.
With January signing Joe Lolley also cup tied Jonathan Stead, Jordan Sinnott and Harry Bunn are included among the substitutes today.
Town’s team vs. Charlton Athletic:
1. Alex Smithies (c)
3. Paul Dixon
4. Oliver Norwood
8. Adam Clayton
9. James Vaughan
10. Oscar Gobern
11. Danny Ward
12. Adam Hammill
15. Murray Wallace
27. Tommy Smith
39. Anthony Gerrard
Ian Bennett, Calum Woods, Sean Scannell, Jonathan Stead, Jordan Sinnott, Duane Holmes, Harry Bunn