WHAT did you make of Danny Cadamarteri’s debut and will you stick by your post-Northampton pledge that he is a definite starter against Luton?
Dave, Holme Valley
DANNY will definitely start. We can’t afford not to have that option up front now. We’ve been a little too one-dimensional in the way we set up front of late.
That’s no disrespect to Luke Beckett or Andy Booth, They are the type of players they are.
But we haven’t really had the option of going in behind, and Danny will give us that.
We could have played Malvin Kamara in that role, but he hasn’t had that much experience in it, and could really do with playing up there in the Reserves a few times, to educate him in the way he runs and where he goes to.
Danny did create a bit of spark when he came on against Northampton. As I said afterwards, I was disappointed he didn’t do exactly as I asked, but I’m sure he will do tomorrow.
He was taking people on and turning well, and had he been in the hole, where he should have, he would have been involved more in and around the box rather than out wide.
He is raring to go, and it will be good to see him make his home debut.
GIVEN Jon Worthington’s fitness situation, are you looking to bring in another ball-winning midfielder?
OBVIOUSLY you submitted this question before Thursday, when we brought in Ronnie Wallwork on loan.
We’ve been aware of what we’re missing when Worthy’s not in the side, and the plan is for Ronnie to keep the team moving, protect the back four, put his foot in, organise and give us a bit of nous.
The other good thing about Ronnie is his ability to play in defence if needed, and as I’ve always said, in our league and on our budget, versatility is a useful thing for a player to have.
He’s here for a month in the first instance, but if all goes well, we’ll look at extending it, and while both he and I think he’s still well capable of playing in the Championship, if he is still here when the January window arrives, perhaps we could look at making it permanent.
WILL tomorrow’s early kick-off make any difference to your build-up?
NOT much in terms of the working week, because the game’s still on a Saturday, and the real preparation work is done in the two days before.
For home games, we have a meal together after training on the Friday rather than before the match itself.
The players are responsible for what they eat on the day, and they all have their own rituals in that respect, and there may be a bit of difference given that their pre-match meal will be breakfast as opposed to lunch.
They will have been advised on what to eat and when to do it in terms of getting their fuel levels right.
We meet up an hour and a half before kick-off, have a chat, start to get prepared and then do an organised warm-up, so the one difference they might notice is that they will have less time in bed on Saturday morning!
HAVING seen our last four defeats, I am concerned about the lack of determination and character we show when going behind. If we concede, we seem to go to pieces, and I don’t see a natural leader on the field to rally the troops. Is the lack of fighting spirit a concern to you?
CERTAINLY at Northampton, I felt our heads went down.
I don’t think you could say that of the game here against Cheltenham, because we kept plugging away, got a goal back, and would have drawn after being two behind had it no been for the inexplicable disallowing of Luke Beckett’s late goal.
Whether the sickness bug which hit many of the players had a bearing on things at Northampton, time will tell.
If it didn’t then it would be a concern and an issue we would have to address urgently.
As for leaders on the field, I believe the presence of Frank Sinclair, Ronnie Wallwork and Danny Cadamarteri will help in that area.