Re­turn­ing play­ers are a boost for boss Brown

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Football -

PHIL Brown was in up­beat mood ahead of his Swindon Town side’s trip to Exeter City this af­ter­noon with the treat­ment room at the club steadily emp­ty­ing.

Michael Doughty, who has not been seen in ac­tion since the Check­a­trade Tro­phy vic­tory over Newport County, and Sid Nel­son, who missed last Satur­day’s fix­ture against Northampton, are both back in train­ing.

This adds to the se­lec­tion headache that Brown al­ready had af­ter Tues­day’s fine per­for­mance against Plymouth, who were beaten 3-0 by the Robins in the Tro­phy.

Brown told his pre-match press con­fer­ence: “Pos­i­tive news – both of them have trained. I wouldn’t have said fully, look­ing at it, but it was very pos­i­tive that they were throw­ing them­selves at it, into the ring for the week­end. I’ve got to be care­ful – from the scan there is a lit­tle mus­cle tear with re­gards to Sid.

“Where Michael Doughty is con­cerned – he’s missed a big chunk of train­ing and he got through the ses­sion, what I would class, as look­ing af­ter him­self. Not quite 100 per cent, but he got through it.

“Hope­fully, they’ll both come through un­scathed, and then I’ve got a de­ci­sion to make. It’s mas­sively pos­i­tive. The only per­son not do­ing any­thing on the train­ing ground was Chris Robert­son.

“You wit­nessed it on Tues­day night – I was pleas­antly sur­prised by what I was see­ing, a lad (Kaiyne Wool­ery) who had prob­a­bly been run­ning with a limp over the last cou­ple of weeks. The ac­cel­er­a­tion is spon­ta­neous and I was de­lighted with 35 min­utes, a goal and be­ing a threat. Kaiyne is in the squad too.”

Re­gard­ing to­day’s team, Brown still has not made his mind up in some po­si­tions.

“I had a con­ver­sa­tion with a cou­ple of sup­port­ers that came to the game on Tues­day and that was nice, to talk to sup­port­ers that were ac­tu­ally there and watched the game, and they’d seen the lo­cal press about the headaches that I’ve got and asked me about what I thought.

“I nor­mally know the team on a Thurs­day and work on it on a Thurs­day and Fri­day – I’ve nor­mally got the XI. I’ve got eight, prob­a­bly – at this mo­ment in time – out of the XI, so still got two or three big de­ci­sions to make.”

Brown is aware of Exeter’s Jayden Stockley, who is the top scorer in all four di­vi­sions this cal­en­dar year, and does not want a re­peat of last year’s fix­ture – a 3-1 re­verse for Swindon at St James Park.

“They’ve got a very ex­pe­ri­enced team and that is led ad­mirably by the lad Stockley up top, who bul­lied us last year and that was one of the ten games I was in­volved in. That won’t be hap­pen­ing. I’ll be go­ing there with a se­ri­ous phys­i­cal threat – if there’s any bul­ly­ing go­ing on it needs to be com­ing from our side.”

■ Usain Bolt said scor­ing for the Cen­tral Coast Mariners was “a weight off his shoul­ders” as the world’s fastest man struck a sec­ond­half brace in a 4-0 win.

The 32-year-old, on an in­def­i­nite trial with the A-League club, made his first start in a friendly against Macarthur South West United.

And the Ja­maican did no harm to his dreams of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional foot­baller with two goals.

Speak­ing af­ter the game, he said: “It was bril­liant. It takes the weight off your shoul­ders, it re­laxes you.”

Cameron Geran/ Pin­na­cle

Swindon Town boss Phil Brown

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