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WELLENS: COLCHESTER TEST WILL GIVE US A CLEAR IDEA OF WHERE WE ARE

28 February 2019

Richie Wellens spoke to the local press ahead of his side’s third home game in a row with fifth-placed Colchester the visitors to the Energy Check County Ground.

Wellens’ side are unbeaten in three games against opposition, all of which could be said to be aiming from play-off inclusion or automatic promotion.

Wins against MK Dons and Forest Green followed by a 1-1 draw against Grimsby last Saturday means he does not feel the change his side, especially due to the form of loanee Theo Robinson.

“I don’t necessarily feel the need to change too much – I was looking to change the shape but Theo can actually do the work of two people so it allows us to keep the pace up on both sides.

“I just want to let the players continue with their confidence and I don’t think we need to change the shape so much – we look like a decent team so I’m not going to go searching for something.

“He’s been brilliant since he walked through the door – he’s had a great impact on everyone from the players to the staff and the supporters as well. He just needs to keep his head down and keep grafting. At the moment, he’s a very good asset to the group.”

On Town’s opponents this weekend, the Swindon boss was full of praise for the way they go about their football

“Colchester are a really good team – they pass the ball very well. If they go behind, they don’t change the way that they play. The manager there has done a really good job and it’s a good club, one that’s looking to go up. They have a lot of young, talented players so, like always, if we’re not on our game, they’ll cause us problems.

“We have threats of our own and really good individuals so we’ll be trying to cause them problems too.”

Wellens’ squad is somewhat diminished again this weekend with a number of injuries but with two in particular a big blow.

“For this weekend, probably no-one will be back. Olly Lancashire is back in training now which is obviously a plus but there’ll be no-one back for the game this Saturday. There are couple of big blows with Doughty and Taylor who are obviously key players – they bring a lot of class and a lot of experience. It gives other people a chance – we have a decent-sized squad so we’ll deal with it.”


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