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▶️Ollie's Pre Tranmere Press Conference

Team news, Ollie's thoughts on five subs, and news of a possible cull?

20 November 2020

Listen to the whole of Ian Holloway’s pre-match press conference.

The Town boss started with the team news. 

Ollie confirmed that Kyle Bennett is a doubt for Saturday's game with a sore hamstring after playing in Tuesday's night's defeat at Hull. 

Luke Hendrie is fit again and available after missing the last two games, while Elliott Hewitt is back available, having been out since September.

Ollie also confirmed that James Hanson could be just two weeks away from a possible return. The striker, who is currently out with a hamstring problem, has been back running at Cheapside this week as he continues his recovery. 

Ollie also expressed his relief at the decision to allow five substitutes during a game.

“The news of being able to have five substitutes is a massive relief at last,” he said.

“It’s totally common sense.

“It’s amazing though, 14 clubs said yes in our division, and 10 didn’t. I don’t know what they’re thinking about. Complete idiots. 

“We won’t be doing it for time-wasting, we’ll be doing it to save our lads so I might be able to pick the same team, work with them, make five subs and gradually catch them up that way, which is a massive relief.” 

Cull on the way. 

The Town boss has said that he will be moving some of his players on in the coming weeks. He said:“I won’t need as huge a squad as I’ve got, so I’ll have to cull that coming up to January. 

“Anybody I don’t like, I haven’t used or haven’t done as well as I want, I can move them out, and that’s what’s going to be happening over the next couple of weeks.”

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