Town boss wants Holsgrove to follow Smith’s lead

Kevin Holsgrove
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Neil Aspin says Adam Smith is the example to follow for Town’s other wide men waiting in the wings.

Kevin Holsgrove was handed a rare start in the 0-0 draw with Wrexham on Saturday, while John McReady came off the bench for his first league appearance since November.

The Town boss has called on Holsgrove to add consistency to his game in order to make a similar impact on the left flank as Smith has on the right.

He said: “Kevin needs to perform regularly to the best of his ability and he needs to work hard.

“He needs to do on the left what Adam Smith does on the right and if he does that then he’ll play but he has to do it consistently.

“He’s part of the squad and on his day he can be a real handful, but he has to produce more days and more performances where he becomes a regular.

Aspin sympathised with McReady’s wait for an opportunity in the first-team and admitted the former York man could do with a run of matches.

He said: “John’s been waiting for his chance and he’s capable of producing off the bench.

“He’ll be frustrated he’s not played and I understand that. It’s a bit of a catch 22 because he needs to play games to get him into a position where he’s more effective for us.

“But we can’t afford him to go out on loan because we’d leave ourselves short but he needs a run of games.”