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Gaffer on George, loans and Pompey

25 October 2012

Danny Wilson was quick to praise George Long for his contribution to the success over Walsall, before switching his attentions to Monday's clash with Portsmouth.

The 18-year-old stopper, who claimed his third clean sheet in four appearances in the 1-0 victory over the Saddlers, made an eye-catching first half save to deny Will Grigg from point-blank range.

On that save and Long's performance, Wilson, who says other young players could be loaned out to further their development, commented:

"It was a top save and you have to remember that came from us attacking. For George to be as agile and athletic as he is emphasises everything we say about him.

"He is a tremendous shot stopper and his concentration levels are first class.

"We would like to loan out a few of the youngsters, but they have to be moving for the right reasons, we don't want them going out for the sake of things.

"For Jordan (Chapell) it is a fantastic opportunity at Burton and we know the staff there very well."

With two extra days to prepare his players for the televised fixture against Pompey, Wilson insisted that the time would be put to good use on the training ground:

"We are happy to have an extra day or two to prepare because we had a tough game at Preston, followed by Walsall, and it is often difficult to prepare for games that are coming so thick and fast.

"Perhaps we give our opposition more respect than most, but that is because we know we are up against some top teams."

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