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Rocester boss Dave Shaw refuses to gamble on player fitness

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

SAFETY FIRST . . . Rocester boss Dave Shaw refused to risk substitutes Tom Ellerton (pictured) and Liam Shaw in the midweek reverse against Coleshill Town

SAFETY FIRST . . . Rocester boss Dave Shaw refused to risk substitutes Tom Ellerton (pictured) and Liam Shaw in the midweek reverse against Coleshill Town

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DAVE Shaw was “looking at the bigger picture” as Rocester slipped to a 4-1 defeat on Tuesday evening following three late goals.

Coleshill Town substitutes Chris Lloyd and Connor Leek changed the game as the visitors sealed all three points in the final 15 minutes at Hillsfield.

Shaw could have made changes himself, but with one eye on the trip to Coventry Sphinx tomorrow, kick-off 3pm, the Romans boss opted to protect substitutes Tom Ellerton and Liam Shaw following recent injuries.

“We were with them up until 75 minutes,” said the Rocester manager. “They brought their subs on, good fit lads, and we were dead on our feet. One of them scored two, the other one got the other.”

The introduction of Ellerton and Liam Shaw could have changed the result, but was too big a gamble according to the manager.

Shaw said: “I’m looking at the bigger picture – the rest of the season. If I can put the starting 11 out that I want, then I don’t think there are many sides in this league that we can’t cope with.

In addition to Ellerton and Liam Shaw, defensive duo Carl Allen and Aaron Dillon – who also missed the midweek defeat – are expected to start against Sphinx.

Midfielder Brent Upton could also come back into the starting XI after recovering from a broken ankle.

“Coventry Sphinx seem to be a side that are a bit up and down,” said Shaw.

“I’ve been at Rocester nine games now and picked up 13 points. We just need to keep doing what we have been doing.”

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