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Suspensions hitting Rocks hard

Life at the bottom is hard enough with a full team of 11. It gets harder still when you’re one man down.

 

But that’s exactly the position Bognor have found themselves in for nearly half the playing minutes of 2018 so far.

 

Since the turn of the year, the Rocks have had four people sent off in just seven matches: Ben Swallow against Havant, Richard Gilot at home to Leyton Orient, Stefan Ljubicic versus Truro and now Calvin Davies at Chippenham.

 

The Rocks lost all four of those games.

 

But the impact of suspensions goes beyond that, as each red card usually brings a suspension of three games.

 

For a team like Bognor with a small squad, this means that resources get stretched – putting more pressure on those with injuries, which can ultimately lead to more injuries.

 

The latest red for right-back Calvin Davies leaves manager Jack Pearce in a slight selection pickle.

 

As it is the former Pompey player’s second dismissal of the year, he misses the next four matches – meaning Pearce must work out how to fill the full-back role which is essential in the way the Rocks have attacked, especially since Davies joined the club last year.

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