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12 February 2013

Rob Pages say youngsters can learn a lot

With clean sheets in each of our last three matches, Coach Rob Page is satisfied we are going in the right direction and he believes the recent signings have contributed a lot.

He said:  “There are always things we can work on. Over the course of the season we have addressed issues that have come up.

“There have been too many goals conceded maybe, but I like to think that we have put that right and the clean sheet on Saturday shows we are going in the right direction. The addition of Darren Purse helps, and things are going to the right way for us.

“Daniel Jones scored in his debut at Wimbledon, but it took him a while to settle in to the way that we play, but I think he is getting to grips with that now.

“Darren Purse has been about that long that he knows what this league is all about as well. He is experienced enough to know what is involved.

“He is a voice in the changing room and out on the pitch. He organises and I thought the two centre backs had a good game at the weekend, the whole of the back four did.

“The additions that we have brought into the squad have improved the squad and that was always our ultimate aim because there is no point bringing players in if they are not going to improve us.

The more experienced players don’t just make their mark on the pitch during games, their influence rubs off on the younger players in the squad and they can only benefit from being alongside them during the week.

“Young Joe Davies has trained alongside Darren Purse and for me that can only help his development.

“When you have got somebody with the experience he can offer – not only does he talk on the pitch in games, he talks on the pitch in training.

“I had people like the Keith Millens of the world. I played alongside them in training when I first started off at Watford and I know that was invaluable for me.

“I think Joe will now bring that on in his game as well, playing alongside Pursey in training.

“I have said to him, ‘go play against Hughesy, go play against the best strikers and challenge yourself every day. Bringing in players like that can only help the younger players in the squad.”

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