According to manager David Artell, on-loan defender Sam Stubbs ‘has done himself no harm whatsoever’ after being selected for the club’s last two games. The Wigan Athletic youngster, who has recently turned 19, helped the club to a needed away win at Morecambe before performing admirably again against the league leaders Luton Town at the weekend.
Although the centre-half is still finding his feet at first-team level, he has shown that he can be an adequate replacement for the currently injured Michael Raynes. Raynes has been out with a groin injury.
Artell told the club’s official website: “We have been pleased with Sam and the way he was stepped up to the first team. He has done himself no harm whatsoever with his performances.
“The Morecambe game suited him as a centre-half. He competed well and headed it. It was more of a scruffy game, a proper defenders game. We deserved the clean-sheet and the points on the night.
“Luton were a totally different proposition with the likes of Hylton, Lee and Berry but Sam did fine. He made no mistakes that led to their two goals.
“He is a young lad and when you are 19 and in the spine of the team there is a big responsibility that comes with that. It is not easy but he has done fine in both games for us and we are glad he is here.”