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Gary Roberts, Jack of all trades?

Gary Roberts, Jack of all trades?

Gary Roberts started the season in fantastic form, he scored two on the opening day of the season and was arguably our most consistent performer in the early stages of the season.

His form has dipped since and found himself a casualty following the disappointing defeat at Southend, he was due to be dropped at Southend but a late withdrawal by Steve Schumacher meant his stay in the side continued.

Schumacher returned for the home win against Luton and Gary Roberts was demoted to the bench, somewhat of a demise in a short space of time for the likeable squad player.

Keeping his form of the first month or so was always going to be difficult but the player could argue that he has been moved all over the place and hasn`t been given a settle starting position in the team.

In my opinion his name should be one of the first on the team sheet. He should be allowed to play in his preferred central midfield position and I reckon we would get the best out of him.

He came on as a 2nd half substitute at right back, as ever he didn`t let anyone down but he has now played in 3 or 4 different positions this season. You can understand why the player doesn`t know whether he is coming or going!

Why do the management team insist on playing players out of position? I understand it is necessary from time to time but it happens far too frequent for my liking. From my point of view it seems they do this so they can accommodate their favourite players.

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Writer:Matt Owen
Date:Monday October 22 2007
Time: 12:28PM

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