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Aug 13, 2008
An interesting topic which came up today.

There's virtually no doubt that had he stayed he would have played almost every game this season, whereas he's only made 2 starts since October for League 2 Mansfield. I wouldn't mind betting he would be cheaper than Josh Wright too.

Primarily though, in games like today and Shrewsbury, he would have made a huge difference. With him on the right, it allowed Wordsworth the freedom to get forward without us being overrun in the middle, and that's something that has happened time and one again with Wright not really suited to the role and Yearwood lost there today.

His work rate is really missing in the middle and with him on the pitch it's hard to see so many of the others giving up as they do now on a regular basis.

Add in the fact that he was a real PB man and a close friend of Lenny, it looks like really poor management to allow him to depart as he did.

He may not have been a top quality player to push us for promotion but he was certainly a key cog in the machine last season and perhaps we are only seeing his importance now he's gone.

Was losing him in the summer crucial to what looks like Brown's inevitable downfall? Perhaps even more so than the loss of the likes of Payne, Bentley, Leonard which were inevitable, the poor planning in not tying down contracts for the likes of Atkinson could be costly.