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McDonald: Seen Players In A Different Light

15 October 2015

Boss Given Selection Dilemma

Neil McDonald says performances at Port Vale recently have given him food for thought ahead of Saturday’s return to league action at Coventry City.

The Seasiders will have gone 11 days without a game, but with the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win still fresh in McDonald’s mind, he will have decisions to make on Saturday.

“The ones who haven’t really played in the league so far stepped up to the plate against Port Vale,” said McDonald. “I’ve seen them in a different light which is great.

“It takes the pressure off because we’ve lost Lloyd (Jones) to injury so it took the pressure off having to bring someone else in and if we do we can make sure they’re the right person.

“If we get another injury we’ve got three or four players on the list that we can call upon. We’ve already asked mangers in we can lend players and they’ve said come back when we need them.”

Despite a delayed opportunity to extended their three-match winning streak at the weekend, McDonald took the positives from the enforced break.

“It gave a few people who had bumps and bruises time to recover. We’ve worked hard on the training field again and are looking forward to the game. 

“Some players will be back, some of them won’t. We’ll asses them on Friday and have a better idea of what the squad is going to be, but the majority will be fit,” he explained. 

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