I spoke to Graham Baker earlier this morning to seek his reactions to Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Stevenage Borough and to ask him about his planned line-up for this evening’s game against a Southampton XI.
Graham was clearly very pleased with his team’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 didn’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 Boro’s first team.
Graham thought that Moses Ademola had had a very promising debut. “He worked extremely hard”, said Graham, “and showed the technical ability we know he’s got, with good close ball control and dangerous runs.” Graham agreed that Gez Sole was on the top of his form, revelling in his role ‘in the hole’ - a role which he’d not been able to play against Aldershot. Graham was also pleased with Luke Medley’s and Delano Sam-Yorke’s displays on the flanks, with the latter making the most of Peter Vincenti’s discomfort at playing right back.
Rodney Chiweshe was still having trouble with a pulled muscle on Saturday and wasn’t able to play. Graham plans to try out a different keeper tonight, perhaps with a view to having him permanently ‘on call’ 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 Vincenti’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 ( ‘a knock’) since he’s anxious to avoid aggravating injuries before Saturday’s game at Welling.
Southampton game tonight
Graham’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. (Tomorrow’s team at Westfield won’t include any of the expected Welling line-up and will comprise reserves and Academy players.)