Date: 24th August 2011 at 5:28pm
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What a change it makes to hear Steve Cotterill actually ‘bemoaning’ the fact that we have too many players eh!

I cannot remember the last time we managed to fill the bench on a regular basis, let alone managed to fill it with player left ‘surplus to requirements’ so to speak…

The fact that the subs bench has been reduced to 5 again this season means we are managing to do this with ease these days, with Cotterill disappointed that this is the case, as he would have liked this remaining at 7.

I see what he is saying, but its changed so there is little point moaning about it, you just get on with it and make sure that the 5 selected on the bench give you the ‘best options’ to change things.

It is just a shame that we do not have a ‘proper’ reserve team as those not getting into the squad will not that often even have these games to fall back on – then again we do not really have enough numbers to warrant this at this stage…

As I have previously mentioned though, given the squad size increasing and the numbers of youngsters coming through in the years ahead I think it is essential that this area does return next season as it is the ‘bridging gap’ between the academy and 1st team for these developing youngsters and will also enable those in the 1st team, but not playing regularly, a chance to do so.

‘If’ we can bring in a few more players then Cotterill will be in dreamland, even if he will have a selection headache as a result, but what a headache to have!


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