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INTERVIEW: It's vital they are strong

16 September 2013

Graham Kavanagh on the backbone of the team

Caretaker manager Graham Kavanagh spoke today about the big part the ‘spine’ of his team played in getting a positive result on Saturday.

“These are huge players for us,” he insisted. “The spine runs from the keeper, to the two centre halves in the first instance. Then it’s the midfield player, in this case Thir [Paul Thirlwell], and onto the forward in Lee Miller. 

“If they play well then the team does well. I’ve put that onus on them and I will continue to do that. They need to understand their importance amongst the group because they are leaders. They led on Saturday and they were top drawer.”

“With the central defenders, it’s vital they are strong and that they win as much as they can. It’s also vital they give information to the players in front of them. Again, they were doing that all the way through the 90 minutes.

“I think Thir [Paul Thirlwell] is the one for me who takes a heck of a lot of stick but he does a really important job and he works extremely hard in midfield.”

“I couldn’t have asked for any more from any of the group,” he added. “We’ve all pulled together and I would love to take that forward. I’ve been asked to look after in the short term and I’ll do that to the best of my ability. After that - what will be, will be.”

Meanwhile Lewis Guy will be assessed by the club doctor on Tuesday morning, as per standard procedures, following a bang to the head during the first half of the game at the weekend. All being well he will take part in the full training session, as normal. 

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