Doswell faces "worst injury crisis" since becoming Sutton United manager
Sutton United boss Paul Doswell is feeling the weight of the world against him as the injury list at Gander Green Lane continues to grow.
Simon Downer (back) and James Folkes (shoulder), joined Jamie Taylor (knee) and Damian Scannell (groin) in the treatment room after the 3-3 home draw against Farnborough on Saturday.
Doswell is also nursing back Jamie Slabber, who made his first Skrill South appearance of the season in Tuesday’s 1-0 home win over Dover Athletic, as well as Marvin Williams and Anthony Riviere.
Doswell’s predicament is such that he took on 18-year-old midfielder Kane Haysman from Gillingham’s development squad on a work experience basis on Monday, and put him into the team on Tuesday.
Doswell said: “This is the worst injury crisis I have had in my time here. When James [Folkes] scores a great goal against Farnborough and then dislocates his shoulder in the next minute – you have to wonder what is going on.
“But there are positives, we picked up four points from two home games despite the issues, and Dean McDonald, who scored the winner on Tuesday, and was exceptional.
Sweet: Dean McDonald's fine finish seals the points for Sutton United against Dover Athletic on Tuesday night Picture: Paul Loughlin
“He deserved his goal, in terms of assists he has surpassed many out there, but it’s good for him to get on the scoresheet.”
He added: “Kane was recommended to me by a close friend who is also an agent. I was so desperate that he had to go straight into the team, and he did very well.
“Being on work experience means he is under no obligation to stay, so he could be back at Gillingham this weekend.
“Jamies [Slabber] lasted on 60 minutes against Dover, but that is to be expected. He did well, holding the ball up and bringing others into play.”
Sutton, now sixth in the Skrill South table, go to Havant in 13th this weekend, and Whitehawk on September 28 in the FA Cup second qualifying round.
Doswell said: “Havant have got a great set-up down there, and it is a venue you always look forward to going to because the pitch is always so good.
“But it is never an easy game down there, but it is one we’re up for.”
Spot on: Craig Dundas fires Sutton United level against Farnborough on Saturday Picture: Paul Loughlin
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