Gillingham manager Martin Allen says training ground practice makes perfect as Chris Whelpdale switches roles with ease
An injury to Matt Fish meant that regular attacking
midfielder Chris Whelpdale was asked to fill in at right-back on
Whelpdale, pictured, slotted in well and Gillingham boss
Martin Allen insists the luxury of being able to switch players at
will doesn’t come through luck.
“That’s all been practiced on the training ground and we work
long hours,” he said.
“Sometimes when we put together a back four we have Whelpdale at
right-back, Burton at centre-back and Myles Weston at left-back and
the other centre-back could be Charlie Allen.
“We practice as a back four with those sorts of players and
everyone has a go at defending. We do it through the whole
“On the days when we don’t have a midweek game, we all practice
and work so we have an understanding of each other’s job. If they
have to slide back in it is easily done.”
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