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Decision Time Mr Groves!

By: Bill Osborne
Date: 10/12/2003

IT looks like Paul Groves has to make a decision tomorrow on whether to play Jevons or Iffy Onuora if Michael Boulding is declared fit to play. Report today indicate he will be back for Saturday's game if all goes well in training tomorrow.

Graham Rodger told the Grimsby Telegraph; "Because of the nature of the injury we're hoping to see him train tomorrow, be fit and be on the coach with us on Friday. That's not rubbish. That's a fact and it would be a big boost to have him back."

"He got a bang to his hip last Friday and he was struggling to move with any freedom. But he's better now and he's done very well for us this year. He's the leading scorer and we'd obviously like to have him available for selection."

Boulding's injury gave Phil Jevons his chance last week which he returned in the way of a goal and he cannot be criticised for his expectation to be in the squad in place of Iffy on Saturday.

When asked yesterday about the possibility of him partnering Boulding he said: "I think I can. Why not?"

If Groves was to make his decision based on the reaction to the fans to Jevons's return he would pick him before Iffy.

One thing is for sure, and that is that Groves has to change something. Performing like world beaters in one out of every three games then reverting to what appears to be 11 men who have met for the first time on the day, something needs to change.

It is time for Groves to start looking at all his options and Jevons is only one of them. There are serious criticisms of other players who are not performing with claims that the best options are left on the bench.

The regular squad have had plenty of time to get to know each other's game and should now be able to show some consistency but that is not happening. So now Groves must start experimenting with other players in key roles to find the best team we can muster.

Otherwise it looks like we will have to settle for mid-table mediocrity, which is what we craved for in the first division, but a disaster in the second.

There is another option, but best I not mention it today!!




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