Stockport boss Dave Challinor is planning to ring the changes ahead of their EFL Trophy clash with Wanderers.

Both sides have already booked their place in the knockout rounds but the top spot, and a home tie in the next round, is still up for grabs.

Stockport enter the game on the back of a 4-2 victory at Swindon thanks to goals from Will Collar, Kyle Wootton, Odin Bailey and Callum Camps.

The Hatters have won their last 13 matches in all competitions and currently sit at the top of the League Two table, having lost just three of their opening 17 fixtures.

“We will make lots of changes,” Challinor told the club’s YouTube official channel.

“We are in a position where we maybe didn’t envisage that Ibou Touray would get the minutes (against Swindon) and we would have used that as an opportunity.

“We’ve Kyle Knoyle, Neill Byrne, Camps, Paddy Madden, Nick Powell, Alfie Pond, Jayden Richardson and Jordan Smith all need minutes, and that is the beauty of where our squad is at the minute.

“We will make changes because – going into this busy period, especially before Christmas and the New Year – if you have got a full squad of 20-plus players fit, you are in a really good place.

“You combine that with the run we are on and that can only be a positive for us.”

Despite their strong form, Challinor insists his squad must keep their feet on the ground and not get carried away.

“It shows great character when you come from behind to win,” the Stockport chief continued.

“We did not feel we deserved to be losing at half-time after creating some really good chances in the first half.

“We were very clinical in the second half and scored some really good goals.

“We are on a great run and want to keep that going as long as possible but we are not going to take anything for granted. We have to earn every single point.”

Wanderers were knocked out of the FA Cup on their last trip to Edgeley Park in November 2021 following a 5-3 defeat after extra time. Ian Evatt’s men led 3-1 that night thanks to Elias Kachunga and Amadou Bakayoko, as well as an Ash Palmer own goal.

The Whites’ last victory in the fixture came in January 2002 when Gudni Bergsson, Henrik Pedersen and Michael Ricketts all got on the scoresheet, plus a Karin Fradin own goal.