Peters looking to give Castle problems

ASSISTANT manager Mark Peters is looking to give Steve Castle a list of problems when the City boss returns from a well-earned break. But there is no need for Castle or City fans to worry as Peters encourages the players to give the manager a nice selec

ASSISTANT manager Mark Peters is looking to give Steve Castle a list of 'problems' when the City boss returns from a well-earned break.

But there is no need for Castle or City fans to worry as Peters encourages the players to give the manager a nice selection headache.

With Castle away, Peters has taken charge of first team affairs starting with last night's friendly with Watford.

Although the Saints lost 4-1 there were positives to be taken from the game and Peters insists it's all about giving the manager different options.


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"We had a tough game last night (at Brackley) and I thought the lads did excellently and again it was a tough game tonight," Peters told the Herts Advertiser. "It was a chance to look at other people and build a squad because that's what you're going to need over a season. There are positives to report back to Steve and to give him as many options and as many problems as we possibly can."

Peters' own form could be one of Castle's biggest headaches although the former Kings Lynn man says the club are still looking at a couple of centre halves.

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"I hopefully give Steve a problem. We're having a look at a couple of centre halves and they've both done well. We've got to look at them and say can they do a better job?

"That's my job to coach them to be better and get them working as a unit and if there's injuries I can step in and hopefully do just as good a job but what I will say is that Frates (Ryan Frater) is looking very strong."

Peters was impressed with City's first half showing against a stronger than anticipated Watford side before the visitor's superior fitness and quality took over.

"The first half, I was very, very impressed with the lads attitude, we kept our discipline, we kept our shape we were having a look at because of the players we've got at the football club at this moment in time and we went in at half time, with a clean sheet.

"We had the better chances, we could have slipped a couple there and the 'keeper's pulled off a couple of good saves so I was very impressed with the composure on the ball and there were a lot of things that I went in at half time and I was very positive about.

He added: "We then just seemed to have a mad ten minutes and I think their touches, their movement was just a little bit too much in the second half."

Last night's game gave Peters his first look at Paul Hakim and Hassan Sulaiman and the pair both received praise from the assistant manager.

"Hassan I thought did really well first half, he defended well. We could have got him on the ball a lot more but their shape dictated that he was our only outlet and it was hard to get it out to him. He did well and he looks a fit boy and as for Haks (Paul Hakim) up front, his touch, his movement is superb.

"It's a problem that's a good problem to have because he scores goals and he's sharp. Again, it's nice for me to see him and I was very impressed with his movement and his touch. The touch he did for the goal was phenomenal - to have that vision as a ball with pace comes in to you and he's just chested it off and we've got a goal out of it. To finish on a bit of a positive was nice.

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