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Cherries: Bradbury will take his time with Ings
Published : 02 Mar 2011 07:00:00
Cherries boss Lee Bradbury is keen to avoid pigeonholing Danny Ings as a super-sub but admits the teenage striker may have a part to play from the bench. Ings responded to being dropped for Cherries' clash at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday by netting an equaliser just minutes after he had entered the fray. The 18-year-old replaced Joe Partington as a tactical switch after 53 minutes and promptly bagged his second career goal with a towering far-post header. Ings had been withdrawn from the firing line by Bradbury after looking somewhat jaded during Cherries' 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. Since coming off the bench at Swindon on New Year's Day, Ings had made 11 successive starts in the space of 50 days having only made his debut at the end of December. Bradbury said: He is going to be a massive player for us and has really proved his worth since he has come into the team. He has played a lot of games in a short space of time having not previously played regularly at this level. We wanted to give him a rest at Dagenham and he was a totally different player when he came on. He was his old self again. He was bright, fresh and affected the game. To get the best out of young players, you have to nurture and manage them correctly. That might mean playing three or four games and then having a rest. You can only really play it by ear. We have got a busy period coming up, including Easter, and will need everybody in the squad champing at the bit to play when they get a chance.