JAMES BERRETT will make a third successive Town start at home to Millwall tonight after boss Andy Ritchie decided against risking Jon Worthington.
The skipper is still feeling the hamstring strain suffered during the 1-0 League win over Swindon in Town’s last Galpharm outing.
“Jon could probably have played at a push, but we have a busy run of games coming up and by being prudent now, we should have him available for the bulk of them,” said Ritchie.
Teenager Berrett, pictured, came from nowhere to make his full debut in Town’s FA Cup third-round win over Premier League club Birmingham.
The 19-year-old had made only two substitute appearances previously, both of them last season, but Ritchie had no qualms about his inclusion.
Tonight will mark his fifth start and ninth appearance in all and Ritchie explained: “His composure at Chelsea on Saturday spoke volumes.
“James isn’t a cocky kind of lad but neither does he get fazed by playing in big games. He just comes in and does his job.
“He has a long way to go and a lot to learn, but we’ve been really encouraged by what we’ve seen of him so far.”
Ritchie has no fresh injury worries after Saturday’s brave FA Cup fifth-round display at Chelsea, who will visit Barnsley in the quarter-finals.
He wants his side to take inspiration from their display against the quadruple chasers, but not to dwell on the Stamford Bridge trip.
“It was a memorable day, but it’s in the past. There are 16 League I games to go and we can still make the play-offs,” he insisted.
Town’s 16th placing means they have to pick up points quickly, and victory tonight would hoist them to 13th with games in hand on several of the sides above.
It’s one of three League I games, with Brighton hosting Cheltenham and Carlisle taking on Nottingham Forest.
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