Boss calls on players to step up and stand out…
By Matty Paddock - 22/02/2018
Posted 3 years ago
JOHN Eustace has called upon Harriers players to make the most of their opportunities in the wake of the absence of Jimmy O’Connor and Brandon Hall.
The reds’ pre-match plans for the Harrogate game were left in tatters last weekend after former Walsall man O’Connor suffered an injury in the warm-up.
He’s booked in for a scan on his Achilles, and the management team are expected to learn more about the exact timeframe of the defender’s absence after the weekend.
The gaffer was at least able to confirm that the player will be more than just a “short term miss”, meaning he’ll certainly be out of action the team’s upcoming run of games.
But rather than dwelling too much on that, he’s eager for anyone taking O’Connor’s place in the eleven to make their mark.
“We had to change the team around last weekend and lads came in and did well.” John Eustace
He said: “As we said before it was a blow to lose him on the day of the game and it’s unfortunate for Jim that he’ll be missing for a while, but it’s a situation that presents opportunities to other players.
“We had to change the team around last weekend and lads came in and did well.
“They will need to keep doing that because it is a big chance for them.”
New goalkeeping arrival Jonathan Flatt will continue for Harriers this weekend as Brandon Hall continues to recover from a thigh injury.
The on-loan Wolves youngster must also make the most of the opportunity, with boss adding “Brandon will hopefully be back in with the group shortly, but Jonathan is with us for a month and he has a chance to make an impression and to get that extended.
“The two goalkeepers will put pressure on each other now and that’s a good thing for both of them.”