Neil MacFarlane has a choice to make this weekend – and he’s delighted about it…
By Matty Paddock - 13/09/2018
Posted 2 weeks ago
NEIL MacFarlane knows he has a call to make in terms of team selection this weekend, hailing the performance of defender Kennedy Digie last time out.
With Ryan Johnson away on international duty, Digie was handed his first start of the term in the 3-1 win over Blyth Spartans last weekend [WATCH].
The Academy graduate put in a sterling showing, too, and will be keen to nail down the place with games coming thick and fast over the next week or so.
Johnson – who had previously featured in each of the club’s other matches – started for Northern Ireland U21s in their fantastic win over Spain on Tuesday, though, and linked back up with the squad for training at Aggborough on Thursday.
“It’s a good headache,” admitted the gaffer.
“It’s a headache you get when they’re playing well, and Kennedy came in and did fantastic.
“He mentioned in his interview – the way he trains and the way the group trains, they’re a credit to themselves that way.
“…Every single time we’ve made a substitution this season, there has been a positive [impact]…” Neil MacFarlane
“Every single time we’ve made a substitution this season, there has been a positive [impact] on the team and that’s what we want from here on in.”
Kane Richards is one of many other players to also be making the most of his chances, regularly impressing off the bench this term.
MacFarlane added: “Kane, like the group, has been brilliant for me.
“He understands that we’re on an eight-match unbeaten run and Joe and [Ashley Chambers] have done really well.
“But he’ll get his chance through the course of the season, as the others will… whenever they’re called upon, they are ready.”