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“There’s an opportunity now for players who have been waiting."

30 September 2019

Gary Waddock has thrown down the gauntlet to the players who will get a chance to impress on Tuesday night against Brighton U21s.

Following a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Accrington Stanley, Waddock hinted the team will be freshened up for the Trophy group C game.

Simon Cox and Charlie Kelman are both ruled out with injuries they sustained on Saturday, but Waddock admitted the side will also see changes due to the recent performance more so than the change in competition.

And Waddock said if those that come in put their best foot forward on Tuesday, that could have a bearing on the starting XI for Saturday’s trip to Gillingham.

“There’s an opportunity now for players who have been waiting on the fringes and they need to take that opportunity,” he said.

“We’ll freshen it up a little bit and as I say, it’s an opportunity.

“It’s a case of now putting the disappointment of Saturday behind us. That’s done now.

“Whatever player enters the field of play tomorrow night they then have an opportunity for the league game on Saturday.

“When opportunities come along you need to make sure you grasp it and take it, and make the decision going into Saturday’s game a little harder for me Toddy and Lee.”

Waddock also placed importance on the game, not only following defeat to Leyton Orient in the first group game, but to get that winning feeling back.

He added: “Some of the first team players have been out so they will need to get minutes into their legs.

“It could be an opportunity for younger players but the run of form that we’ve had, we need to start winning games to breed some confidence as well.

“Don’t underestimate Brighton whatsoever. I saw them last season and we’ve watched videos of their recent games, they’ve got some talented young players in their group.

“We’re not underestimating them, we’ll approach it as a league game to give us to momentum and confidence going into the league game on Saturday.”

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