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Firstly the Town boss brought us up-to-date with injuries.
“Vernon’s still recovering from that calf strain that he picked up during the warm-up, so he’s unlikely to be available for Saturday. Sam Kelly has trained with us so we’ll see how he comes out of it. He’s done a full day’s training today so we will see how he is tomorrow.
“Akwasi Asante has seen the surgeon, he’s been to St Georges, so he’s had work there. It’s still a little bit of time there – we are a little bit behind schedule if we are to be honest.”
James Berrett will miss this one after his sending off against Coventry last week.
A mixed Town side had a 2-0 win against Scunthorpe United in a behind closed doors game on Tuesday. Goals from Akheem Rose and Chris Clements (penalty) sealed the win.
Speaking about that friendly game, Russ said: “We had a few trialists in as you know. Some of our younger players got some much needed minutes, Clem [Chris Clements] and McAllister got minutes on the pitch as well. Ben Killip got some minutes and Karleigh Osborne minutes. It’s very important that whilst we are playing competitive games and league games, when you have a small squad, that you are all up to speed. “
The transfer window closes soon - is there going to be any movement before then?
The Town boss added: Anything can happen before the end of the window. There’s certainly nothing in the pipeline this week. “
Asked if his views on Coventry game had changed.
He said: “I was furious with the first goal. Having spoken to the gentleman who is in charge of the referees, he was very upset with the decision that went against us. That will be forwarded to the referee himself. It’s about monitoring what we do and we’ve got to be better. We were on the wrong end of one this time, you hope that those things span out over the season and evens themselves out a little bit.”
And what does he make of Saturday’s opponents?
“Stevenage have drawn their first two games. They have been very competitive.
"They are a good strong side and particularly so at home. They will press us, make life difficult for us, and I think he has made some good signings. “
And who do we need to look out for?
“They’ve got a boy, Newton, who they took from non-league Tamworth, a left-footed striker, who looks lively and capable. In midfield they will be solid and steady away. At the back they’ve got Luke Wilkinson who is a big, strong central defender. And they’ve got threats going forward - there’s no doubt about that.”