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Defensive dilemma for Blues boss

31 December 2012

Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth says he will have difficult decisions to make when he selects his side for the New Year’s Day clash with Exeter City at Adams Park (k.o. 3pm).

His depleted side recorded a superb 1-0 victory at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday despite the absence of a number of first-team regulars, and Ainsworth believes his returning players will have a challenge on their hands to regain their place, particularly in defence.

“In its own way, that was one of the best performances in my time as manager because of the onslaught we had to stand up to. I thought the lads were outstanding,” he said.

“We could have Dave Winfield and Charles Dunne coming back but there’ll be some tough decisions with some of these young kids performing the way they are. I can rely on them – they’ve said to me ‘I’m here for you, I’ll battle for you and I’ll do it your way’, and that’s something really special.”

Meanwhile, Sam Wood – who excelled at left-back at Home Park – says he and his team-mates are looking forward to building on their never-say-die attitude in 2013:

“That’s the way Gaz has got us going,” he said. “We throw our bodies on the line for each other. It was a bit scrappy but it’s League 2 football and we’re all fighting for each other.

“Gaz is drilling it into us and we do it in training, we work hard and we take that onto the pitch,” he added.

Wanderers hope to have Dean Morgan, Dave Winfield and Charles Dunne available again after injury, while Joel Grant returns to the squad after suspension. Matt McClure will be assessed after picking up a dead leg at Plymouth, however the clash with the Grecians is likely to come too soon for Josh Scowen as he continues his recovery from a hamstring problem sustained on Boxing Day.

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