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Keith Hill On Josh Lillis Injury & Andy Lonergan Emergency Loan

8 February 2019

Manager Keith Hill on securing the services of Andy Lonergan on an emergency loan deal from Middlesbrough, following an injury sustained by Josh Lillis in last weekend’s win over Walsall…

“He’s a good goalkeeper and just what we needed to replace Josh who is injured,” said Hill.

“Josh picked up an injury at Walsall, where I was accused of cheating by some of the home supporters behind me but there was no cheating – he was injured! He’s had a scan and he could be out for quite a length of time.

“He did well to see the game out, because it was at the point that I was making the substitution to bring MJ Williams on.”

He added: “The emergency loan situation on goalkeepers is complex and complicated but it serves for this type of purpose. We have to look at it every seven days and we have to reassess Josh’s injury and capabilities of getting back out on the training pitch and into the matchday squad.

“We have a bit of a break after the Coventry game before we play AFC Wimbledon, so we’ll have to assess and evaluate and see where we go with the EFL on extending the loan deal.

“With the recruitment of Andy, it puts my loan players up to seven so there will be players who miss out, and I will have to explain that to the players. We don’t want to fall foul of any misdemeanours or clerical oversights, so team sheets are important.

“We felt as though we needed the six players on loan and now we’re up to seven with the emergency loan of the goalkeeper which has made a big impact on those players, so there is going to have to be a bit of patience.”


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