I spoke to Graham Baker earlier this morning to seek his reactions to Saturdayâ€™s 0-0 draw against Stevenage Borough and to ask him about his planned line-up for this eveningâ€™s game against a Southampton XI.
Graham was clearly very pleased with his teamâ€™s performance on Saturday. He was delighted with another clean sheet, following the 1-0 defeat of Aldershot Town, and also thought that we created lots of chances. The only regret was that we didnâ€™t convert any of them!
Graham pointed out that, although Stevenage had played the previous evening, they had nevertheless fielded a strong line-up: he expected several of those who started to feature regularly in Boroâ€™s first team.
Graham thought that Moses Ademola had had a very promising debut. â€œHe worked extremely hardâ€�, said Graham, â€œand showed the technical ability we know heâ€™s got, with good close ball control and dangerous runs.â€� Graham agreed that Gez Sole was on the top of his form, revelling in his role â€˜in the holeâ€™ - a role which heâ€™d not been able to play against Aldershot. Graham was also pleased with Luke Medleyâ€™s and Delano Sam-Yorkeâ€™s displays on the flanks, with the latter making the most of Peter Vincentiâ€™s discomfort at playing right back.
Rodney Chiweshe was still having trouble with a pulled muscle on Saturday and wasnâ€™t able to play. Graham plans to try out a different keeper tonight, perhaps with a view to having him permanently â€˜on callâ€™ if we need him rather than adding him to the first team squad. He would be happy to have Matt Pegler on the bench to take over for a part of a game if Ross had to come off.
Graham is still waiting to hear from Graham Westley about Peter Vincentiâ€™s loan but thinks that the Boro manager may want to add another player to his squad before allowing Peter to come on loan.
On the injury front, Aswad Thomas is expected to play tonight but probably only for half a game. Graham doubts if he will risk Harry Arter (thigh strain) and Gez Sole ( â€˜a knockâ€™) since heâ€™s anxious to avoid aggravating injuries before Saturdayâ€™s game at Welling.
Southampton game tonight
Grahamâ€™s present plans are to put out different teams in each half, partly to provide some protection for those who are expected to play at Welling. (Tomorrowâ€™s team at Westfield wonâ€™t include any of the expected Welling line-up and will comprise reserves and Academy players.)