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Penney: Defensive decisions to be made

21 March 2014

Dave Penney says Blues have a welcome dilemma with the return of Luke Prosser and the form of Jakub Sokolik and John Egan

Dave Penney admits a decision has to be made over who plays at the heart of Blues’ defence at Bristol Rovers.

Penney says the management team was delighted with the performances of Jakub Sokolik and John Egan last weekend.

But Luke Prosser, who has been out since the 1-1 draw with Dagenham & Redbridge, is back available for Friday night’s game.

Penney said: “The two young central defenders were excellent against Bury. They’ve got the pedigree having played at a higher level.

“But they aren’t your typical under-21 type players, they’ve come in, got stuck in and been really competitive.

“They know when to put their foot in and head it also, but they’ve got the quality to get the ball down and play.

“I remember Jakub leaving two players on their backside after a strong tackle on the halfway line, and then passed the ball out.

“Ben Coker was my man of the match in that game, and John White is, as always, Mr Reliable.

“But Luke has been missed and it’s great to have him back available for selection.”

A decision will also need to be made in attack, with Barry Corr starting his three game ban.

“Barry is the only real number nine,” Penney said. “He gives us the option of playing it in to him and getting on the end of crosses.

“We’ll have to adapt whether it’s Freddy and Lee or just one or the other.

“It’s a chance for them both to grab the shirt and make their mark.”

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