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DAN THE FAN: Wellens’ Town squad oozes character missing from previous seasons

DAN THE FAN: Wellens’ Town squad oozes character missing from previous seasons


Town’s unbeaten away record remains firmly intact as another impressive showing on the road sees Richie Wellens’ side banish the memory of what happened four days earlier.

We’ve all seen how one bad result can easily get out of hand and derail a season full of promise but thankfully this current Town squad looks a completely different proposition from teams in the past and responded perfectly.

With Mathieu Baudry not recovering from his injury the manager went with Zeki Fryers at the heart of defence alongside Dion Conroy instead of Taylor Curran, with Tom Broadbent missing out of a place in the matchday squad.

It was clear for all to see something isn’t quite right with Broadbent as his form rapidly deteriorated at the end of last season and hasn’t yet recovered. There have been a few comments floating around regarding off the field issues but whatever the reason, I wish him well and I’m sure the club is giving him all the support he needs.

Thankfully our makeshift centre back Zeki Fryers didn’t look too out of place throughout the afternoon and alongside Conroy dealt with any attacking threat Cambridge had in their locker.

It’ll be interesting to see which way the manager goes this weekend as Town welcomes Newport County to Wiltshire, will he stay with Fryers if Baudry isn’t fit? Or go with the untested Taylor Curran?

Thankfully due to the performance last weekend of the man in Fryers’ natural position getting the former Man Utd man back to the left-hand side isn’t such a pressing issue.

Ellis Iandolo’s solo run through the hapless Cambridge Utd backline was a joy to behold and a testament to Richie Wellens’ faith in the versatile defender after an out-of-sorts performance against Colchester.

I sang the praises of the 22-year-old a couple of weeks ago so I don’t need to repeat myself but it’s always a joy to watch a player who has progressed in all areas of his game making a big impact.

Whichever way they go this weekend Mike Flynn’s Newport side will be a big test as they showed last weekend by earning a point against league leaders Exeter City, with many in attendance saying they should’ve taken a maximum at Rodney Parade.

With Newport boasting the second-best defensive record in League Two and Town enjoying the joint second-best goalscoring record at home this season it should be exciting to see who comes out on top in one of Town’s biggest tests of the campaign so far.


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