Town to make changes for Lincoln clash

Hatters boss John Still could be forced into a number of changes against Lincoln City tomorrow night, writes Mike Simmonds.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 8th April 2013, 5:49 pm
John Still wants to give Simon Ainge a chance at centre half
John Still wants to give Simon Ainge a chance at centre half

Both Mark Tyler and Jake Howells missed the weekend’s 5-1 thrashing by Gateshead and are unlikely to play, while there are doubts over Jake Goodman and Solomon Taiwo too.

Speaking to the press this afternoon, Still, who confirmed that Alex Lawless was ready to return, said: “Neither of those will be ready, and I don’t think Jake Goodman will be ready, (Solomon) Taiwo came off at the weekend and won’t be ready, so we’ll have to use the fullness of the squad that we do have.

“There are a few areas that we’re not strong in competition, but that gives an opportunity for someone else to show they’ve got a little bit of what it takes.”

Still had been hoping to hand young full back Brett Longden his first start for Town, but may well have to abort those plans and see if Ronnie Henry can play before his hernia operation.

He continued: “He (Henry) goes in on Thursday, we don’t want to use him, but we may have to.

“Brett Longden was training with us today, but has hurt his hamstring and might well have played.

“Jan’s (Kovacs) moved on but he was unfit anyway, so we’ve had to mess around with a couple of position which hasn’t been ideal, but that in itself has possibly helped me to see what other players can do and will help me when I make my mind up on the whole squad.”

Still always intended to give Brill another chance and also wants to give defender Simon Ainge the opportunity to impress in his recognised centre half position.

He continued: “Dean was always, regardless of injuries to Mark, going to come in for a couple of three games because I haven’t seen him.

“The person I feel most sorry for up until now is Simon Ainge as he’s had to play at right back and he’s a centre half.

“He hasn’t had the opportunity to play there, but hopefully he will Tuesday.

“I want to be fair to him. He’s done steady at right back, but it would be really, really unfair not to be given an opportunity to show what he can do as I haven’t seen him.

“I think that’s really important. I’d be disappointed if I was a player and was told by the manager, no as I’d think, ‘but you haven’t seen me, not where I want to play,’ that wouldn’t be fair.”

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