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INTERVIEW: Lads have responded well

11 September 2014

An injury update from caretaker managers Paul Thirlwell and Tony Caig

Caretaker managers Tony Caig and Paul Thirlwell gave us an injury update ahead of the visit of Bury at the weekend.

“Billy [Paynter] has trained this week but we'll keep assessing him,” Tony Caig said. “Leaving him out last weekend was precautionary so we need to make sure he's ready before we put him back into the side. 

“Troy [Archibald-Henville] will train by himself again today [Thursday]. We'll see how he reacts to that then make a decision on Friday morning about him training with the rest of the group. Danny Kearns will be another few days, at least, so we'll be going into next week before he's training. That's taken a little bit longer than we‘d hoped but we don't want to rush him.”

“Other than that, everyone has been fine,” Thirlwell said. “I think it’s a game for us to look forward to, particularly with the way we’ve played recently. The lads have responded well and we’ve seen some good individual performances. 

“Kyle [Dempsey] is a good example of that. He’s a good honest lad and he works really hard in training every day. Everybody is really pleased for him after he got his goals last week. It's difficult for young lads to come into this type of environment, when there's a lot of pressure on results, but him and Josh Gillies have done extremely well. They're both creating and scoring goals, which is a huge positive.”

“Josh Gillies has come in and shown he is capable of playing at this level,” Caig commented. “He's a quiet lad and he's just kept his head down. I think we've seen in the last couple of weeks that he's made the step up and he'll be full of confidence after his performance and goal last week. He just needs to keep that up now.”

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