Second string aim to end poor run - Four of first team included

Last updated : 07 December 2004 By Craig Hope (website editor)

Tonight’s reserve game at Kingston Park will almost certainly see the inclusion of at least four first team squad members. Tommy Craig has named in his squad Steve Harper, Darren Ambrose, James Milner and Shola Ameobi in a bid to reverse the second string’s flailing fortunes.

Two 3-0 defeats against both the blue and red halves of Manchester have been accompanied by inept displays. Middlesbrough are the visitors tonight and a big crowd is expected following the announcement of the squad: Ambrose, Ameobi, Bartlett, Bates, Brennan, Btittain, Cave, Guy, Harper, Howe, Huntington, McClen, Milner, Alan O’Brien, Ramage, Webster.