TEAM NEWS: Cole Skuse returns to Bristol City starting line-up against Brighton
Skipper Cole Skuse was recalled to Bristol City’s starting line-up to face promotion-chasing Brighton and Hove Albion in tonight’s npower Championship match at Ashton Gate.
Now fully recovered from the knee injury he sustained during a 2-0 home win over Watford at the end of January, the Bristolian came in for striker Steven Davies as head coach Sean O’Driscoll switched to a 4-5-1 system.
That was the only change from the side that earned a 0-0 draw against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road at the weekend.
Recognising the importance of winning the midfield battle, O’Driscoll opted to deploy the in-form Jon Stead as a lone striker.
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Brighton manager Gus Poyet made two changes to the side that beat Huddersfield 4-1 on Saturday, recalling Liam Bridcutt and Craig Mackail-Smith.
Now available after serving a two-match suspension, Bridcutt came in for Gary Dicker in central midfield, while striker Mackail-Smith replaced Argentine forward Leonardo Ulloa, who was dropped to the bench despite scoring a hat-trick at the weekend.
Bristol City (4-5-1): Heaton; Moloney, Nyatanga, Fontaine, Cunningham; Anderson, Kelly, Skuse, Elliott, Pearson; Stead. Subs: Adomah, Davies, Baldock, Kilkenny, Howard, Bates, Gerken (gk).
Brighton (4-3-3): Kuszczak; Bruno, El-Abd, Upson, Calderon; Lopez, Bridcutt, Hammond; Buckley, Mackail-Smith, Orlandi. Subs: LuaLua, Barker, Forster-Caskey, Ulloa, Dicker, Greer, Ankergren (gk).
Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincs).