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MANAGER: We have good options

Chris Beech on strength in depth in the squad

29 January 2021

The additions of Morgan Feeney and Cedwyn Scott to the United ranks this January have helped to give manager Chris Beech the kind of selection headache he wants, with every available player in the squad ready and raring to go as the Blues look to get back into action against Exeter this weekend.

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Speaking about the wealth of options at his disposal, he said: “We have players to cover all positions, with options to back that up, and that’s really pleasing.

“Team selection will be tough, but that’s a good thing. I’ve got to respect the lads that have put us in this position, they’ve got to be pushed to make sure they keep continuing, and I’ve got to leave the door open to difference to try and make us better.

“To do that you need to do what we’ve done, and that’s bring in the right people and trust that they can do the job you need them to do. It will be great if they’re all fully fit and, don’t forget, the five-substitution rule.

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“So we’ve got to make sure that when we attack these 25 opportunities, we’ve got enough back-up and current lads doing and meeting needs, because that’s what we’re trying to aim for – to win as many games as possible.”

“In terms of our new players settling in, that’s been harder to do with the weather being the way it’s been,” he explained. “We’ve managed to train on the pitch, so they got a feel for that, and it was good for the staff and the other lads to get on there as well.

“Around the postponements we’ve prepared for the games, with set plays and shape, and things like that, and the new players have had a look at that too, which is good.

“It gives them a sense of what we do here, even though that’s adapted because we can’t have a mass meeting because we’re doing our best to make sure we don’t have the virus making a big footprint on the lads who are currently negative.”

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