Peter Shirtliff digs out an old cliché and looks forward to Saturdays game with Notts County
“We’ve had a good weeks training and the lads have done very well, we are all just looking forward to Saturday’s game now. We’ve got the two lads that were out suspended back with us for the weekend, that obviously increases the numbers that are available for selection plus David Worrall has made good progress with his injury so we will assess him as we go into the game.
David did some work on the training ground on Thursday; we will take a look at him and see if there is any reaction to it. I also understand that he’s spoken with the chairman and has asked if a new contract can be sorted, if that happens then I will be delighted, he’s a good valuable member of our squad, he’s improving all the time and its good for him.
He has two years left on his current contract and there is no immediate rush to extend that, he just has to concentrate on playing and his future will be decided by playing on the pitch. There has been speculation about him, but he has to put that to the back of his mind and just concentrate on playing.
Its transfer deadline day today and I hope we don’t have anyone taken from us at the last minute. Last years was hectic leading upto the deadline, but hopefully we won’t have that scenario again this year. If we need it, it will be the loan market that we will be using, but at the moment I have no intentions of using the loan market. I’ve possible got three players available on Saturday that were not there last weekend. The lads performed fantastically last weekend and these three can only add to that to increase the competition.
Steven Schumacher and Efe Sodje haven’t knocked on my door asking to get back into the side because they are both good pros. Efe will certainly want to play and Steven will certainly want to play. It’s a good scenario, but not an easy one to have. You can only pick eleven. The boys that came on as sub last weekend were fantastic and they have all contributed. There are 40 odd games to play; they will all get their chance at some point.
We have no injuries and everybody has trained well on Thursday and will do so again on Friday. David Worrall eased out of one or two things, but everyone seems fine. David Healy has benefitted from a good weeks training, plus he’s also been in and done extra work on his fitness as well. Shane Byrne looks a lot stronger and he will be a good addition to the squad, but for me he needs to add a little bit of timber to himself. He’s lost some weight and I want him to put it back on. He went to Hong Kong and became ill. He lost some weight because of it and I want him to get it back.
David Healy has been good in training, his movement is excellent and like I said when we signed him, players like Mark Cullen, Lenny and Lateef will learn from him. Just watching his movement in training is better than me coaching them. Just being a part of the scenario with him is good for them.
It’s easier to do it, when you have seen somebody else do it. Its demonstration and his timing is perfect, we are just really pleased that he has joined us. Hopefully now he will kick on and get some goals.
Notts County have made quite a few changes, they have signed quite a few players from last season, but it’s another tough game for us. They are all tough for us. I’ve got the DVD from when they played Crewe and it will be a tough afternoon. We have to pick our game up that’s for sure.
It was 2-2 here last year with three penalties in the game, and then we had a good win at their place. It will be difficult, but we are at home, we have to assert ourselves against any team that come here. Hopefully we can score some goals. It’s an old cliché, but let’s take one game at a time, then we move onto Preston.”