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Johnson lays down challenge to trio
Published : 13 Oct 2009 10:29:00
With first-choice selection Alvaro Saborio not due back in the country until Friday after international duty, Johnson knows he may need a different partner for Nicky Maynard when his side come up against Darren Ferguson's men. That means David Clarkson, Danny Haynes and Ivan Sproule will all lead the line against Bournemouth's reserves on Tuesday and Johnson is encouraging them to come forward and prove they can replace Saborio. "Given the situation with international matches going on, this reserve game becomes very important for those lads," Johnson told the Bristol Evening Post. "Clarkson and Haynes feel better now but need games to regain their sharpness. Playing at Bournemouth gives those two and Ivan Sproule a chance to show me they are ready to start a Championship game."