Date:Friday March 30 2007
Dave Kevan, our assistant manager has been providing a further update on the situation regarding our injuries. He is quoted as saying:
'John McGreal has trained the last three or four days, as has Steven Caldwell and Wayne Thomas,'
'Stephen Foster is still under supervision of the physio, along with Alan Mahon, but other than that, touch wood, the boys will be coming back from international football refreshed in terms of their results, and without any knocks.
'Andy Gray certainly looks stronger as well. He's put on those few pounds that he'd lost due to his illness, and he's trained fully without any real problems in terms of his illness and his foot.'
He has also been praising our new loan players, Coughlan and McVeigh:
'It can be frantic bringing people in on deadline day, but there's only so many you know are available, and only so many you know can make that difference,
'But Paul and Graham are two players that will be a big, big asset to us. I think we have two excellent additions, and they'll certainly play a major part between now and the end of the season. '
Specifically in relation to Graham Coughlan, Kevan had this to say about our new central defender recently signed on loan from the Owls:
'In Graham's case, he's certainly a competitor. He's got the right character for a battle,' insisted Kevan.
'The gaffer's known Graham coming up through the leagues with Plymouth, and he's obviously kept a very close eye.
'He likes that steeliness about him, and his character. Graham is also very vocal and, along with Steven Caldwell back there, not only do they intimidate the opposition, I think they can intimidate their teammates which is just as important.
'He's done very well, in terms of his goal ratio for a centre back, so obviously he likes attacking the ball. And if he can get his head on one or two things in the opposition penalty area, then we'll be delighted.'
Dave Kevan also had a few positive things to say about our new striker, Paul McVeigh on loan from Norwich:
'Paul's a very bright, clever footballer who won't be feeling the strains of the last couple of months at Burnley,' added Kevan.
'He'll come here fresh and looking forward to playing some football.
'He just might be a catalyst for us in terms of creating and scoring goals.
'Paul has shown throughout his career that not only can he score goals, but he can create opportunities for others, so that type of player is invaluable.
'He can cover a number of areas and gives the others a bit of competition as well, and it bodes well.
'He can give us that bit of guile. Anybody would miss the likes of Alan Mahon, and it's been a frustrating season for him, but Paul gives us that type.'
It sounds like both loan players could feature in our match against fellow strugglers and relegation-threatened, Luton at Turf Moor on Saturday. Our assistant manager also remains upbeat about this match and our chances of winning for the first time in 19 games:
'It's a massive game, but we're very focused and looking forward to the game after the two-week break and I'm sure our supporters will see a team full of energy, commitment and desire to get the result,' said Kevan.
'It's been nice to take a step back over the last two weeks and assess things, and give the injuries time to clear up, give the lads a rest that needed a rest and improve the fitness.
'By when Saturday comes, we'll be raring and ready to go. You have to start somewhere, and the Luton game is our opportunity to get three points.
'That would lift everyone, and we're trying to put what's gone on behind us and look forward.'
Date:Friday March 30 2007
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