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Cox may have to rotate side

21 February 2013

Manager Paul Cox has hinted that he could rotate his side ahead of Saturday’s trip to Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Luton Town.

Our first team, who have fielded the same starting line-up for the last four games in succession, go into the clash at Kenilworth Road on the back of a midweek victory over Hyde.

Louis Briscoe’s strike less than 15 seconds after the re-start earned us all three points from what was a largely scrappy affair, and Cox has admitted to tiredness amongst his players.

He said: “There were some tired players on Tuesday night. Before the game, I asked all the players who played last Saturday, if their legs felt ok.

“They all told me they were fine. Since the squad has been trimmed down, I’ve got to know the players a little bit more intimately and I trust them to be honest with me.

“A special mention has to go to the supporters, who gave us some fabulous vocal support and helped to pull us through towards the end of the game.”

He added: “We’ve got a group of footballers who all want to play. There are some hungry players on the bench and even in the stands at the minute, so it’s a really positive scenario.”

Cox also believes our team must be prepared for a hostile environment during Saturday’s clash with the managerless Hatters, who haven’t won a game since their FA Cup Fourth Round victory at Carrow Road last month.

Our first team have won four of their last five away fixtures, but are expecting a hostile atmosphere as they face a Luton side currently 11 points adrift of the play-off zone.

Thumped by Millwall in the FA Cup Fifth Round last weekend, the Hatters also parted company with boss Paul Buckle earlier this week after less than a year at the helm.

Cox continued: “It’s got all the makings of being a very good game as both teams have aspirations of breaking into the play-off places.

“We’ve got to embrace the atmosphere and not get side-tracked by what has been going on there of late, and focus on achieving a positive result.

“What we want to do is keep ourselves grounded. It’s an exciting period for the football club and we have got some juicy fixtures ahead of us. It’s a big week coming up.”
Meanwhile, defender Ryan Tafazolli completed a full 90 minutes for the first time in over five months, during a friendly encounter away at Shepshed Dynamo last night.

The game finished in a 3-3 draw with Jake Green, Joe Flint and Ross Lamb on the scoresheet for us.

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