Match preview: Sheringham happy with Stevenage striker options ahead of York City test

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Boro boss extended Tom Hitchcock’s loan deal from MK Dons this week

Teddy Sheringham says he is pleased with his striking options ahead of the visit of York City today.

With MK Dons striker Tom Hitchcock extending his loan deal for another month with the club yesterday, Sheringham has four fit forwards to choose from – Hitchcock, Charlie Lee, Dipo Akinyemi and Brett Williams.

Speaking about his options ahead of the game, Sheringham said: “Good strikers can rotate [positions on a pitch]. You have to keep out of each other’s way, you have to stretch teams, you have to ask different questions.

“If you have two players up front who understand the system and what we’re looking for, it helps. I feel like I’ve got four strikers at the club at the moment that give me a lot, that give the team a lot.

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“However we play there will be a difference with whichever striker is in whichever position, which is great for me. If I have four strikers who are exactly the same I may be scratching my head saying ‘which one do I play now to make a difference?’.

“There are very difference types of strikers I’ve got and that makes it interesting for me to which one I pick.”

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York City have used a 3-5-2 formation in league games this season, only varying their tactics in the Capital One Cup second round defeat to Swansea City.

Asked if he may change his formation to counter York’s, Sheringham smiled. ‘We might do’.

The Boro boss added: “It’s a very different test. They do try to pass the ball, York.

“They play a different system which might be tricky for us. We have to be all understanding of what is expected of our team against a different system.

“We played against a 4-4-2 last week; they’ve been playing a 3-5-2 which makes it interesting.

“A lot of the times you play against a 3-5-2 when you’re 4-4-2 and you either dominate or get dominated.

“It’s quite surreal that you can have the same team on the pitch as last week with the same thoughts in your head, but if you don’t tune into what problems they may bring then you can end up chasing shadows.

“We need to understand the problems they might cause us to eradicate them.”

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