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Gaffer ponders changes

6 August 2018

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Chris Wilder will ponder changes for Tuesday's rearranged trip to Middlesbrough, following Saturday's opening day reversal to Swansea City.

But the manager is ruling out major alterations to a team that for 70 minutes controlled long periods of the game against Graham Potter's side.

The boss commented: "The best team got picked for Swansea on Saturday and there wasn't a lot wrong with the performance.

"Whether some didn't do enough to start or whether how we played dictated those who did play, we're in the Championship and we've got to be respectful of the opposition and more streetwise in certain areas.

"Saturday was a learning curve again, we'll look at Middlesbrough now, it'll come round quickly and although we're confident of going and getting a result, we're disappointed not to have beaten Swansea."

Meanwhile, Wilder has revealed that Paul Coutts has resumed full training, as his comeback from a broken leg draws ever closer.

Wilder added: "We've no issues from the weekend.

"Jake Wright remains three weeks away from full training with his cheekbone, but it's great news regarding Paul Coutts, who will start full training on Monday.

"Paul is obviously going to have to play in some U23s games and behind closed doors fixtures, but to have him back in full training is marvellous."

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