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'Nice To Have A Selection Headache Ahead Of Villa Game'

27 August 2019

David Artell has told the club’s official website that he is delighted that he will have a few selection headaches as we go into our Carabao Cup tie against Premier League side Aston Villa. The Alex boss knows he will leave a number of players disappointed this evening but he stresses that he wants those not selected to be upset with not starting.

The Alex boss may freshen things up with a few changes. He did that in the previous round with the likes of Callum Ainley, Owen Dale and goalkeeper Dave Richards all starting against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

On team selection for tonight’s second round tie, Artell told us: “We have to make these tough decisions. That is ultimately what we are paid to do and it is good to have a selection headache.

“I want players to be disappointed not to be playing. That is a good sign. I would much prefer it to be that way around than having players not bothered if they play or not.

“It doesn’t matter if that is against Aston Villa, Bradford, Burton or Grimsby, it shouldn’t matter. They all want to play I get that and that’s what you want as a manager.

“Of course, I know that the opportunity to play against a Premier League team doesn’t come up too often for them but for those selected, it is a real opportunity for them.

The boss added: “There will be ones who have to accept the reason for them not playing and whoever plays has to stake their claim. “

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