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Stand-in centre-back Chris McPhee happy to adapt

by: theterras

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CHRIS McPhee insists he is more than happy to slot into the heart of the Weymouth backline if needed and believes he has “grown into the position” as a central defender.

The former Brighton, Torquay and Salisbury man dropped back to take up defensive duties once again this term during the 1-1 draw with Stratford Town on Saturday, after Pat Baldwin was forced off with a groin problem.

With player-manager Jason Matthews revealing to Echosport that the injury sustained to Baldwin “doesn’t look good” McPhee could be tasked with continuing in the makeshift role in Weymouth’s upcoming fixtures.

And, while he still wants to stamp his authority on a midfield spot in the side, the player-coach is willing to help out as defensive cover.

McPhee, who also operated in the back four against Hemel Hempstead Town, said: “I have found myself playing at centre-half because we have had a few injuries and suspensions. At the start it was a little bit frustrating but the more I have gone on the more I have grown into the position.

“I am kind of accepting a little bit that as my career goes on I might be finding myself there more often.

“It’s a position that I am quite enjoying in certain aspects, especially when we start playing out from the back like we have done in previous games.

“I am starting to read the game a little better and I am working well with Calvin (Brooks). He is quick enough to clean up my mess as well and we have done pretty well in the last couple of games.

“I am more than happy to step back there and do a job for the team, and hopefully we can play a little better this weekend at home.”
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Reflecting further on last Saturday’s display, he added: “We spoke after the game and said that it wasn’t really one of our better performances. Although we fought hard, we didn’t really show much quality or cutting edge.

“The conditions weren’t ideal but we still feel that we are good enough in any conditions to have that little bit of quality.”

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