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Davis: "I Won't Take Chances With Fitness"

4 October 2016

Steve Davis knew H wasn't happy after being withdrawn against Mansfield.

Steve Davis says he didn’t want to take any chances with defender Harry Davis after he appeared to suffer a dead leg against a physical Mansfield Town side. Davis was disappointed to be withdrawn for George Ray in the second half against the Stags but his boss says he was correct in taking no chances as the game entered a crucial period.

The knock leaves Davis as a doubt for the visit of Wolves this evening in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Following the 1-1 draw with the Stags, the boss explained his decision: “Harry had a dead leg and looked uncomfortable for a bit. If you play on an injury like that, it can get worse.

“We didn’t want him to suffer any more internal bleeding and we had players on the bench, like George (Ray) who could go and do a job.

“We don’t want to risk players and then lose them for a period of time. We have a lot of games coming up and I want to have as many as I can fit and available for selection.

“Harry wasn’t happy when he came off but I wouldn’t expect him to be. He wants to play and I wasn’t surprised by the reaction. Players show their emotions because they want to be out there, it’s only natural.

“We defended too high at Wycombe and got the timing all wrong. It was just one of those nights but we were much better on Saturday. We are not playing high to catch people offside we are doing it so the front six can press the opposition and make sure we play higher up the pitch.

He added: “I think we have defended well this season and if you take the Wycombe game out of it, we have conceded 10 goals in 10 games.”

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