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29 January 2016

Stevenage defender, Dean Wells has spoken ahead of Saturday’s game at York City about his recent injury lay-off that has seen him sidelined since mid-December.

Wells returned to the bench last weekend and says he is feeling much better.

“I am feeling alright. The two weeks previous I was doing a lot of cardio on the bike and funnily enough I could run on the treadmill but I couldn’t run on grass. I was keeping up my fitness, now I have had an injection and it feels fine.”

Within the past week we have seen plenty of change at the centre-back position as Luke Wilkinson joined from Luton as well as both Jamie McCombe and Mark Hughes leaving the club.

Wells says he was impressed by Wilkinson’s debut and that players coming in and out is just a part of football.

“Yeah he came in last Friday and he’s a good player. I always remember him from Luton, he is big and strong. You can see on Saturday he did well, won all his headers, very composed on the ball and done well for someone who hasn’t played in three or four weeks.

“Big J is gone, Hughsey, a good friend of mine is gone. Disappointed to see him leave but that is football - if it is time to go they have got to go. That is football; people come and go you just have to get on with it.”

Boro’s defensive record has been an area of concern all season and Wells says that last Saturday's clean sheet was a good start to a reinvigorated effort in becoming more stingy, defensively.

“It is not rocket science, you can see we have leaked a lot of goals over the season. We have been trying to sort it out. It has been a big emphasis.

“Sometimes you have got to start by defending. Defending will win you games, if you keep a clean sheet you might get a couple of breaks here and there.

“One clean sheet isn’t going to make a season but it is something to build on.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s game, Wells says that he will take a win by hook or by crook and that he believes Aaron O’Connor will soon starting firing in the goals.

“It is going to be tough. It is basically a six pointer and it might not be pretty. I would be happy to win 1-0, 90th minute. I would be more than happy to get that.

“Looking at the other end, Charlie can score goals, Aaron is a handful. I watched some of the highlights of the Plymouth game and he had a couple of chances where he made something out of nothing. There is still more to come, he is still finding his feet and I am positive he will score goals sooner rather than later.”


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