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STRENGTH IN DEPTH KEY - BENSON & GREEN

20 November 2015

Town duo on competition and confidence

Paul Benson and Danny Green believe the Town’s strength in depth can help them continue their good form as games being to come thick and fast as the festive period approaches.

The Hatters have won their last three games in all competitions and face Stevenage on Saturday and then take on Carlisle at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday.

“You've got to have a big squad if you're going to do well in this division,” Benson said after last weekend’s 2-0 win over Barnet – his first start for the Hatters since August. “There are loads of games, especially at Christmas time, when they come thick and fast. 

“You want to have a good pool of players to call upon when you need them.

“We've got a strong bench now and anyone that comes in should do themselves justice. I don't really think you're weakening the team, whoever you put in. 

“You've got Craig Mackail-Smith and Jack Marriott coming on and they're no worse than me or Josh McQuoid. If anything, you improve the side when they come on. It's good that we've got those options.”

Green, who marked his first home League start with a fine opener against the Bees, said: “We've had a bit of a stop-start season so far and deep down I don't think the lads are very happy with how we're playing.

“With the squad we've got and the players we've got, we should be doing better. If we can carry on this form and push on, we'll hopefully get promoted this season.

“Confidence is high now and we've won our last three games, so we'll go there full of confidence and try to do the business.”

The Town go into Saturday’s game at Broadhall Way in 11th place in League 2 – just one point off the Play-Offs and six points off the final automatic promotion place. 

“I look at the league tables, just to see where you are and how you're getting on. I think we're in striking distance of where we want to be,” added Benson, who won promotion from League 2 with John Still’s Dagenham team in 2010.

“We're not where we want to be at this moment, but I think we're there or thereabouts, which is a good place to be.

“Obviously we'd prefer to be where Plymouth are but we're in a nice position and if we can put in a run of wins like we did last season then we're going to go close.”

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