As attention turns to the Carling Cup, Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Mick McCarthy has vowed to name a 'Premier League' strength side in a bid to continue the club's winning start to the 2011-12 campaign.
Travelling to Sixfields to face Northampton Town in tonight's second round encounter, McCarthy plans to hand starts to a number of previous regulars yet to feature for Wolves this term.
"There will be lots of changes because I've got a Premier League team waiting to play," he confirmed. "So the ones who haven't been playing, will be playing tonight.
"We've won two on the bounce but when do the likes of Dorus De Vries, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Nenad Milijas, Kevin Foley, George Elokobi, Michael Kightly, Adam Hammill and Jody Craddock get their games if they don't play tonight?
"We've had a really great start to the season but five or six games down the line, if I have to make a couple of changes - they wouldn't have played any games.
"So they have to play and they have to get battle-hardened so if we need them, they're ready to go."
McCarthy insists his decision to utilise his squad in tonight's encounter has no bearing on his views on Northampton as a footballing side, and knows his players face a tough task against a League Two side who completed a Barclays Premier League scalp of Liverpool at this stage of the competition last year.
"It is a great chance for us to progress because we're a Premier League side," he continued.
"You go away from home in the Carling Cup and they'll be motivated.
"But if they see my team and see it as a mark of disrespect - is it heck? It's a Premier League side playing against them and we've got to do it right."
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