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BROWN HAS ANOTHER SELECTION HEADACHE

Kyle Knoyle's sending off last week against Morecambe means an opportunity for another of Brown's charges.

14 September 2018

Phil Brown has another selection dilemma ahead of Saturday’s visit of Bury.

Between the sticks he has Lawrence Vigouroux returning from international duty, with Luke McCormick keeping two clean sheets in his absence but he also has a vacant spot to fill at right-back.

Kyle Knoyle was sent off last week in the 1-0 win over Morecambe, and without a completely natural replacement, the Gaffer is looking for alternative options.

“Tomorrow’s a big day – I haven’t fully made my mind up. I’ve got my pecking order, of course but the back four could look decidedly different.

“Against Morecambe, you throw a young pairing in and then you have to shuffle your pack and bring you club captain on – Woolfie went out to a position where he’s played the majority of his games at Bromley. He knows the position but upon meeting the lad the question was: ‘where do you want to play?’ He said he wants to play centre-back.”

“That psychology of wanting to play number five or number six, is a big plus and I don’t want to smash or break that. I’m probably staring at the same centre-half partnership and somebody deputising at right-back and I’ve got two or three options there.”

The Gaffer may not have natural replacement but has players that have played there before and whoever he picks has an opportunity to make the position their own.

“You mentioned Dunney, Joe Romanski, Jak McCourt has played there before – there’s a number of options that I’m not going to lose sleep over but I’ll think long and hard about making the right decision.”

“Whoever does take it is coming into a back four that has kept two clean sheets in the last two games and a team that must be looking forward to playing the next game.”

A right-back himself Brown said he wouldn’t be able to play today because of the pace of the game.

“Knoyley foolishly, or in the nature of the game these days, as gone into a challenge and the other lad’s got there first and I think it’s harsh but the game has gone that way. I would not have survived in today’s game. One, because I was too slow but I always thought you were allowed to make those type of challenges – at least in the first 10-15 minutes.

“It’s an opportunity for somebody and I’m looking forward to who does want to step up to the plate because whoever I give the shirt to, he could have a little run in the team.”


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