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Vincenti loan off/Two doubtful for Saturday

Brian Caffarey
8:44am, Wed 5th Aug 2009
I spoke to Graham Baker early this morning as he got ready to head off for a paintballing session with his players!

The main news is that the Peter Vincenti loan deal is off, and that we’ve got two players (Harry Arter and Ricky Anane) doubtful for Saturday (in addition, of course, to Jon Boardman and Jerome Maledon).

SOUTHAMPTON

I asked Graham if he was at all disappointed with the team’s performance in the 4-0 defeat on Monday night. “Not really�, said Graham, “it was an experimental evening for us. I had two different sides out, partly to protect the players who are in mind for Saturday. It was a very young side in the first half. You can get away with having a few young inexperienced players in a side but not six or seven. I expected us after the break to create more chances and put more pressure on Southampton and that’s what we did. We should have scored but didn’t. At the other end, with Ricky Anane missing, we experimented with three at the back and that contributed to the two goals conceded in the second half.�

WESTFIELD

Graham was very happy with last night’s display against Westfield. “We had a very young side out and it was great experience for them, although a few of the players have probably played a bit too much during the pre-season phase. It was good to see Charlie Moone and Ade Adetunji score two fine goals.�

PETER VINCENTI LOAN

Graham said that he had spoken to Graham Westley, Stevenage Borough’s manager, last night about Peter Vincenti’s loan. “It’s dead in the water�, said Graham. “Stevenage don’t feel that they can afford to release him at present. It’s possible that we might look at this again later in the season depending how things go but, for the time being at least, the whole thing is off.�

GOALKEEPERS

Graham also passed on the news that he has decided not to offer a contract to Rodney Chiweshe. “I’ve not seen anyone better than Ross and I can’t afford in any case to have a contracted keeper on the bench who might not be needed. Matt Pegler will be named on the substitutes’ bench and, if I need to, I will bring in an emergency loan keeper. Mark Scott [the Swindon Town keeper who appeared in the first half against Southampton] would be in the reckoning if that happened.�

INJURIES

Graham says that Harry Arter and Ricky Anane are carrying injuries and are doubtful for Saturday’s game at Welling. He will monitor their fitness during the next couple of days before making a final decision on his line-up.

Jon Boardman has had an operation for his groin injury, which went well, and Jerome Maledon is now recovering well from his injury and has started light training.


5 August 2009

Look out for a full interview with Graham in Tuesday’s matchday programme.

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