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Youngsters Can Handle Occasion

21 January 2015

Boss says his youngsters have the right temperament to play in derby

Steve Davis believes that his teenage players have the right temperament to play in this weekend’s local derby at Vale Park. The Alex boss has consistently selected James Baillie in the absence of Matt Tootle and has recently handed young midfielder James Jones his full debut. Jones started against Gillingham and retained his place for the trip to Notts County last weekend.

The likes of George Cooper and Callum Saunders have also forced their way into the first-team picture this season.

The Alex boss told the club’s official web-site: “I think the temperament of our players is good and we don’t tend to have players who blow up. They handle the occasion well and focus on the game and what needs to be done.

“We have only had George (Ray) sent off this season and one of those red cards was for a professional foul.

“James (Jones) did better on Saturday and looked more composed. The decision will be whether we think he can cope with that type of game, being such a young lad.

He added: “His temperament is very good, it'll be a physical judgement. But he's certainly good enough to do well in that game. “


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