MARTIN O’Neill made five changes for Sunderland’s Capital One Cup third round tie at MK Dons.
David Meyler, Louis Saha, David Vaughan, Matt Kilgallon were all handed their first starts of the season while Keiren Westwood replaced Simon Mignolet in goal.
Meyler partnered Kilgallon in an unfamiliar central defensive role while Vaughan came into midfield and Saha took Steven Fletcher’s spot up front.
There was also a welcome inclusion on the bench as Adam Johnson returned from a thigh injury.
Sunderland: Westwood, Gardner, Kilgallon, Meyler, Rose, Vaughan, Cattermole, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon, Saha. Subs: Wickham, Ji, Johnson, Fletcher, Egan, Mignolet, Campbell