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INTERVIEW: We had to adjust a bit

29 September 2013

Graham Kavanagh on coping with injuries

Caretaker manager Graham Kavanagh brought us up to date with his injury concerns following the 2-1 home win over Notts County at the weekend.

“We had to adjust things a little bit because we suffered from a couple of injury worries,” he said. “Troy Archibald-Henville had a slight problem and I felt that he was going to be a big loss. But Danny Livesey came in and did really well for us. 

“We think Troy has played a huge part in what we’ve been doing. His current spell has come to an end but if we can keep him then we will certainly look to do that. 

“There’s a lot of work to be done on that one as we speak. There are still one or two issues for us to sort out and we’re looking to bottom that off if we can.”

“It looks like Lee Miller has a grade two tear of his calf muscle,” he revealed. “It’s about two-and-a-half centimetres in size so it depends how quickly he heals from here. We’re looking at approximately four weeks and we’re already one week into that. If we can get him back quicker than that then we’ll be pleased, but we just have to wait and see.”

“We think Liam Noble has damaged his thigh but we don’t if he has pulled it or strained it, or if it’s just a knock,” he explained. “He was struggling and he certainly wasn’t himself. Hopefully he’ll get that sorted and we’ll have him available for next weekend.”

“Danny [Livesey] and Mark [Beck] got their chance this weekend and that shows all of the players that they have to be ready,” he told us. “There are no excuses for not being ready, as far as I am concerned. To a man they all performed well enough to get another good result.

“We need a squad which is capable of competing and we need players who can step in and know exactly what their duty is within the team. We do a lot of work on shape with the eleven, but I’ve been asking the players who haven’t been involved to pay special attention. It’s important that they can affect things if they come on from the bench. They’re all getting behind it at the moment and confidence is high.
“I think it’s clear that we’re light in numbers at the moment. We’ve got a lot of young lads in the squad and I don’t think we can continue with the group we have without a bit of help. 

“Obviously we will try to do something about that if we can. I’ve spoken to the chairman and John Nixon and I’ve asked them if they would back us if the right player came along. To be fair, they have said they will. 

“I’d like to say thank you to the players because the first six games affected confidence, there’s no two ways about that. They have managed to turn it round and they’ve shown how good they can be. They really have been different class.”

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