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MANAGER: We've got to go front foot

Paul Simpson on Tuesday selection options

17 April 2023

Club News

MANAGER: We've got to go front foot

Paul Simpson on Tuesday selection options

17 April 2023

United’s loan agreement with Stockport means that they’ll be without in-form defender Ben Barclay on Tuesday night, but it’s yet another situation that manager Paul Simpson is taking in his stride.

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“We’ve got a decision to make, but it’s no bigger a decision than any of the ones we make week to week, so hopefully we’ll make a good one,” he said. “Ben’s done really well, we knew he wasn’t going to be able to play.

“That’s part of the agreement, part of how loans are. It’s something we’ve just got to take on the chin and it’s up to us to put a team out that’s got energy, a desire, a will to go and win.

“Whoever plays, they have to work hard, show the same desire to keep the ball out of the back of the net, like we’ve been showing recently. If we do that we’ll be ok.”

“In terms of people stepping up, we had Jordan [Gibson] at right wing back and I thought he did well,” he added. “I played him because I wanted to be really positive.

“I wanted to go and win the game. We’ve taken a point out of it, and we have to be satisfied with it, but we have to win games. We’ve got to go front foot and that’s why I played Jordan there.

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“I’ll have a look and see if we go with the same on Tuesday, maybe different because we’ve got the option of Joel Senior, so we’ll wait and see. 

“We’ll see what shape Stockport play, I’ll have a look and see how everybody is when I get them back in, it’s just up to us to make sure we pick the right side.

“It may be Corey [Whelan], we’ll look at that. He hasn’t let us down this season, I would be absolutely confident in him.

“It may be once I think about it, a change of shape, we could do that to try and get a bit of an influence and affect it. But we’ll wait and see. I’ve got a few days before I need to make that call. But I wouldn’t have any hesitation if Corey had to come in.”


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