10:09am, Tue 17th Nov 2009
I spoke to Graham Baker earlier this morning for a quick update before this eveningâ€™s game at Weymouth.
On the injury front, the main doubts concern Tom Hutchinson, whoâ€™s still suffering with a hamstring problem, and Aswad Thomas, whoâ€™s turned an ankle in training. Graham confirmed that heâ€™ll be putting out his strongest side tonight, given the unexpected â€˜restâ€™ which the players enjoyed at the weekend.
Graham expects tonightâ€™s game to be much tougher than the clubsâ€™ respective league positions might suggest. â€œIf you look at Weymouthâ€™s recent results, their defeats have been by narrow margins, just a goal here or there, and of course they did exceptionally well to win at Bishopâ€™s Stortford at the weekend, so we canâ€™t afford to be at all complacent.â€� Graham went on to say: â€œThe league table demonstrates what Iâ€™ve been saying from early on in the season â€“ that everyoneâ€™s capable of beating everyone else. Newport County are the only club to have shown real consistency and this has enabled them to stretch out a good lead. The rest are nearly all bunched together, with only eight points or so between them. Any club that can now put a decent run together â€“ and preferably, the sooner the better â€“ will have a good chance of pulling away from the pack too.â€�