Defenders Martin Riley and Ritchie Sutton are both keen to maintain their place in our starting line-up for our trip to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.
Our side sealed their first point of the new season following a 0-0 draw against Exeter City last weekend; a match in which Sutton scooped the ‘Man of the Match’ award.
“I’ve been ‘over the moon’ since I came back into the side. Last Saturday was the first time I’ve won a ‘Man of the Match’ award in three years,” laughed Sutton.
“When I got a chance to play at centre-half [in the League Cup at Tranmere Rovers], I knew it was an opportunity to impress which I had to take.”
“I’ve developed as a player since I’ve been playing at centre-half. When I was younger, I was rash in my decision-making at times, and experienced players would take advantage of it.
“I’ve grown as a player over the last few years, and having made the step-up, the lads are starting to realise what they could do in this league.
Meanwhile, Riley added: “It was nice to keep a clean-sheet last Saturday. I thought we looked pretty solid and we worked on a flat back three in training last week.
“Pre-Season was very up and down for me, but I was happy to be back in the team. We’ve got some good players at this club, and healthy competition is good for everyone.”
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