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Duo's fitness is big boost for Blues

30 October 2013

Richard Dobson has welcomed the return to fitness of top scorer Dean Morgan and Steven Craig.

The duo have been ruled out through injury and illness respectively in recent weeks, but both played the opening half of Tuesday’s 1-0 friendly win over QPR, while Morgan also came on for the final 17 minutes against Bury last time out.

“It’s good competition for places and that’s what we needed,” Blues’ assistant manager told Chairboys Player.

“There were times last year like when we went to Aldershot after the Crewe game where we had to stick Gaz up front alongside Dennis Oli. We had about 11 fit players and we were struggling to find a formation to fit them in.

“Now we have competition for places and that just shows how far we’ve come in the last year.”

Dobson added: “Centre-forwards are key to what we do and we need energetic, high-impact centre-forwards to play the way we want to play.

“If two are getting lazy or tired then we have two more to come off the bench. If we have a game on Saturday and two have run themselves into the ground then we have two who can play on the Tuesday.

“We have those options and the only problem is that we’re having to keep people out of the side now.”

Another player who got welcome minutes under his belt against QPR was new signing Sebastian Cann-Svard, who completed the full game.

Dobson said:  “He looks like someone that hasn’t played for a long time, he knows that and we know that. He’s shown moments of his quality and his understanding and this is the sort of football that he’s been used to playing.

“He was pleased to get through 90 minutes and I think it’s going to take him a little while to find his feet, but we all knew that.

“He’s trained well and held his own and he’s not fit - when he gets fit and gets that sharpness back, what’s he going to be like then!

“It’s hard when you’ve been out for a long time and I had that three times in my short career. When you’re out for a year it’s really difficult to come back so I know what Seb’s going through and we have to nurture him through that process.

“Although it’s month to month at the moment we are looking at him as a player that we could potentially have for a longer period of time and could end up signing him on a year if he’s fit.

“It’s step by step at the moment and we’ll see how he goes, but it’s promising.”

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