Date: 27th March 2015 at 3:59pm
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Manager Nigel Clough has talked about the upcoming game against Crewe Alexandra and spoken about squad management between now and the end of the season.

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Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game Clough talked about the virtues of managing the squad properly in the run in to the end of the season especially as we jig freshness, fitness and injuries.

‘Matt Done needed a rest in midweek and thankfully he got one, he was desperate for a breather. We also managed to get Marc McNulty some minutes in the second-half which he needed too. Matt has been struggling for a while but we have needed him. He has had problems with his calf muscles cramping up and he has been wincing when he has been sprinting, which isn’t surprising given how hard he has worked all season. But we need to look after him now and make sure he is right for the run-in and beyond. It is pointless risking him when other lads are fit and raring to go.’

As for goalkeeper Mark Howard, with his time out injured he revealed his back seized up again after the weekend but it wasn’t anything too serious – but he probably wouldn’t be risked this weekend, with Barnsley looking more likely for a return.

‘He should be fine for Barnsley. The summer is when he will sort it out properly, at this stage of the season it is about patching him up and hoping it doesn’t go again. He actually twisted it when he nearly slide out of his penalty area on the far side against Port Vale.’

Stefan Scougall and Terry Kenendy have also taken another step towards a return from their issues this week, and Jay McEveley could also return tomorrow.

‘Jay’s shoulder is there or thereabouts after some treatment and a break, whilst Scougall and Kennedy played 45 minutes each in a friendly on Wednesday and James Wallace and Michael Higdon aren’t too far way either. When Louis Reed comes back from international duty we will have a squad of in excess of 20 players, with plenty of competition for places and cover.’

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