Veteran keeper Chris Day still 'flying around like a 20-year-old'
PUBLISHED: 08:54 28 February 2017
Darren Sarll says Chris Day is ‘still fantastic at 41’.
Day will be in goal for this evening’s League Two clash with Leyton Orient after Jamie Jones’ red card at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.
The first-choice keeper is set to miss three matches due to suspension though he could be out for longer after he was left with a leg injury following a challenge by Crewe’s Chris Dagnall.
Day is on the coaching staff working alongside Sarll as well as being the back-up keeper, and the Stevenage boss says the players will have slept soundly knowing the qualities Day brings between the sticks.
“Chris is magnificent. There’s no-one better [with how] he keeps himself and he’s ready to play the rest of the season if he has to,” Sarll said.
“The way he lives his life, his professionalism, conduct and attitude on the training pitch is second to none.
“He’s the first person I want with me in the dugout and while I’m in the position I’m in he’ll stay with me because he’s a fantastic player still at 41 and a terrific assistant to me as a young manager.
“I’ll sleep so soundly knowing he goes in the goal and so will the other lads. They see him every day flying around like a 20-year-old.”
Ronnie Henry could also be in line for a recall tonight while Steven Schumacher could be in contention for a place in the squad after both missed the weekend’s match through injury.
Sarll has had to assess his players these past two days because of the toll that Saturday’s performance has put on his squad.
The Stevenage boss said he had some ‘walking wounded’ in the changing room after the game, adding: “Their sacrifice for the win will come at a price but that’s why we’ve got a fantastic bench.
“We’ve got a real strength in depth and that will carry us through. The players know there might be a few doors opening now for some of the lads who have sat behind me for a sustained period to make their own mark on the team. If they do, fantastic. No arguments with that.”