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Boss on keeper situation

11 October 2012

Danny Wilson has confirmed that Mark Howard looks set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines but insists he has faith in George Long.

Howard was stretchered off at Leyton Orient with a damaged thigh muscle and the boss says that injury is worse than initially thought:

"Mark looks like being out for two to three months; he has a severe thigh strain so we aren't expecting him back imminently.

"It is a huge blow for the team and more so for Mark because he was just starting to put his marker down in terms of his performances. He has looked relaxed; he is dominant and, importantly, an excellent communicator.

"We are now a man down and are looking to bring someone in to supplement that area."

The Gaffer, though, believes he has an able replacement already in place and he is confident that Long will step up to the plate.

Speaking of the 18-year-old stopper, Wilson added: "We have got a lot of faith in George; we want him to be relaxed and enjoy himself.

"He is a young lad who needs a chance; he can't wait to play and has been champing at the bit.

"George was excellent at Leyton Orient and we want him to do well because he is such a likeable lad, the other boys will tell you they have the utmost respect for him.

"His communication is getting better with experience but the defence will help him too, George is getting more vocal and that comes through confidence.

"He can be as good as he wants to be, he has got bags of potential but we just want to aid his development with first-team matches and not heap too much pressure on him."

On the ongoing hunt for another goalkeeper, the Gaffer concluded: "The search is continuing, we have made a million and one phone calls since Saturday night, but all we got was a few 'maybes'.

"We have had a few knock backs because the top two divisions are on international duty so everyone is on holiday!

"We aren't likely to get anyone out of League One or Two, so we are looking at the two leagues above and that is difficult in the circumstances."

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