Awford makes early selection call

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Andy Awford revealed he has already made his decision on whether to stick with an unchanged side for the Tranmere trip.

The Blues boss added left-winger Lee Holmes to the ranks earlier this week on a loan deal until January.

Miles Storey Picture: Joe Pepler

Miles Storey Picture: Joe Pepler

But after Miles Storey turned in a fine display on the left of midfield in the 3-0 win over Morecambe last weekend, it’s a tricky selection call.

Many would advocate keeping faith in a winning side that delivered a much-needed positive performance after the horror shows at Plymouth and Aldershot in the previous two fixtures.

But then the counter argument to that is there is little point in bringing in a loan signing if he is only going to sit on the bench.

While it would appear to be a straight decision between the two, there is also the possibility Awford could move Storey back into a forward role or change the formation.

But that would then see either Craig Westcarr or Ryan Taylor miss out – both of whom performed well last weekend.

While Awford was playing his cards close to his chest, he did confirm he has already made his mind up.

‘Of course, there is a temptation to keep the same team after the performance last week,’ said the boss.

‘But there is also a temptation to bring Lee straight in because he is a good player and I’ve brought him in to play games.

‘The final decision stays with me but we have considered everything.

‘That decision has been made.

‘I know the team and the players know the team.

‘We knew it early this week and I have spoken to the individuals involved on who has been left out and who is playing.’

The situation has presented another difficult dilemma for Awford, with one of the six loanees currently in his squad unable to even take a place among the substitutes.

And with Paul Robinson, Storey, Matt Fish, Marcus Bean and Holmes in the equation, it looks most likely Alex Wynter will be left out entirely.

Awford said: ‘I’ve got six loan players now and one of them is going to miss out because you can only have five of them in the match-day squad.

‘I wouldn’t want our players to go on loan to other clubs and not be playing.

‘The whole point of the loan system is for them to have game time.

‘So I am conscious of that, obviously.

‘But at least one player will be upset because he is not in the 18.’