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PAT BACKS DANIELS

Posted on 22 February 2006  - 12:00

Pat Holland was full of praise for Charlie Daniels after what may only be a brief encounter with the centre-back position for the Under-18s on Saturday.

Pat Holland was full of praise for Charlie Daniels after what may only be a brief encounter with the centre-back position for the Under-18s on Saturday.

The youngster was called in to ‘do a job’ in central defence at runaway divisional leaders Aston Villa with a number of First Year trainees in the treatment room.

He performed admirably despite a 3-2 loss before returning to a more familiar left midfield role for the reserves at Southampton on Tuesday night.

Coach Pat said: "I asked Charlie to do a job for us and in fairness, he looked all at sea in there so at half-time I asked him if he wanted to change, it was up to him but we left it and I thought he did great.

"He’s a super lad, Charlie. He just got on with it. I think it’s great if you can just ask a lad to come in and do a job like that.

"It’s not an easy game, he’s been out for a while but he came in and did well and that says a lot for him.

"He’s a good talker, helped the first and second years around him and hopefully it will keep him ticking over as he plays for the reserve team.

"We haven’t used the third years a lot this season but I’ve got to say when they’ve come down to us, the likes of Charlie, Andy Barcham, Charlie Lee, their attitude has been first class."