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11 October 2018

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Phil Brown had good news for the local press as the amount of players in the treatment room diminishes ahead of his side's trip to Exeter this weekend.

Michael Doughty, who has not played since the Checkatrade Trophy victory over Newport County, and Sid Nelson, who missed Saturday’s fixture against Northampton are both back in training.

This adds to the selection headache that Brown already had, following Tuesday’s stellar performance against Plymouth.

“Positive news: both of them trained today. I wouldn’t have said fully, looking at it but it was very positive that they were throwing themselves at it, into the ring for the weekend. I’ve got to be careful – from the scan there is a little muscle tear with regards to Sid.

“Where Michael Doughty is concerned – he’s missed a big chunk of training and he got through the session, what I would class, as looking after himself. Not quite 100%, but he got through it.

“Hopefully, they’ll both come through unscathed, train tomorrow and then I’ve got a decision to make. It’s both massively positive.

“The only person not doing anything on the training ground today was Chris Robertson.

“You witnessed it on Tuesday night – I was pleasantly surprised by what I was seeing, a lad (Kaiyne Woolery) who had probably been running with a bit of a limp over the last couple of weeks. The acceleration is very spontaneous and I was delighted with 35 minutes, a goal and being a threat. Kaiyne Woolery is in the squad too.”

Brown has had two days to mull over his team selection for a tough test against Exeter on Saturday, but still has not made his mind up in some positions.

“I had a conversation with a couple of supporters that came to the game on Tuesday and that was nice, to talk to supporters that were actually there and watched the game, and they’d seen the local press about the headaches that I’ve got and asked me about what I thought.

“I normally know the team on a Thursday and work on it on a Thursday and Friday – I’ve normally got the XI. I’ve got eight, probably – at this moment in time – out of the XI so still got two or three big decisions to make.”

Brown is aware of Jayden Stockley, who is the top scorer in all four divisions this calendar year, and does not want a repeat of last year’s fixture.

“They’ve got a very, very experienced team and that is led admirably by the lad Stockley up top who bullied us last year and that was one of the ten games I was involved in. That won’t be happening.

“I’ll be going there with a serious physical threat – if there’s any bullying going on it needs to be coming from our side of the stick.”

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