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Flitcroft on Watford Test

15 March 2013

Starting regarding potential loan signings, Flitcroft said, “We’ve not stopped since we’ve taken the job. You’ve got to go through a lot of work and research and we’re getting there.

Reds Manager David Flitcroft met with the press today ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Watford at Oakwell.

“We had a lot of phone calls on a centre-half last week.

“There’s a lot more teams vying for promotion, and every team have got something at stake.

As far as team news is concerned, midfielder Stephen Dawson returned to the bench on Tuesday, but Scott Golbourne and Jimmy McNulty are ruled out.

“All you’re getting at this stage of the season is young players playing Under 21s football.”

“Having Daws back, he was in and around people today, closing down. It’s like signing a 500 grand player, for me. It was a bit too soon the other night but I just wanted him to have a taste.

“We’ve got a good week planned for him next week.”

With in-form Watford the visitors, guided by Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola, Flitcroft is all too aware of what the Italian’s side is capable of, “He was renowned for being one of the best players in the world at one point,” Flitcroft said of Zola.

“They can counter-attack, dominate with the ball. They’re not a one-trick Pony.

“Instead of winging about, we’ve got to come up with something to try and beat them.”

“Why not do it (bring loan players in)? It’s been an incredible vision and what i do love about the project is they have a vision and a manager to reflect that. People will call it what they want to call it, I call it creative thinking and intelligence.

“They move the ball about like Brighton with similar players. They’re a team in real form. We’ve got to be at our best to compete with a top Watford side.

“Even though Gian was one of the best technicians in the world, for me he was one of the hardest working players.

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