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Ferguson: Squad feeling fresh

23 February 2018

Darren Ferguson says that his side are feeling fresh after more first-team players come back into contention following spells on the sideline.

Mathieu Baudry made a return to the matchday squad last weekend following on from injury, and Ferguson is pleased to see that his squad looks to be nearing full strength once again.

“Joe Wright isn’t far off, Andy Williams is back in training next week and Andy Butler isn’t far off either, it’ll be great to get them back, Baudry came back last week, so it’ll be great to have four big players back,” he said.

“With Luke McCullough and Alex Kiwomya coming back in too, that’s a lot of freshness coming into the squad, we’re looking like we’re getting bodies back.

“When I looked at the fixtures and the week we had, that was three games in eight days and we needed a freshener, the last time we did it we looked very fresh and we are preparing very well.”

Ferguson made five changes to the starting line-up last weekend, and despite the large rotation in the squad the manager was pleased with the reaction shown by his team.

“You have to assess where things haven’t gone so well and even the best in the world lose form, some of the lads maybe lost a bit of confidence but at the end of the day, everyone is the same, it was good to give them an extra break,” he added.

“All the players that were left out have been fantastic, every decision I make I hope is the right one for the team, and maybe the ones that were left out were maybe relieved just to get a bit of a break.

“We proved that Walsall was a one-off performance, before that we have had some really tough games and got some really good points out of it, but it’s important that you start winning again, and Saturday was great for us.”

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