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Walters Included As Tigers Seek Victory

Posted on: Wed 17 Nov 2004

Peter Taylor is pleased to have Jonathan Walters on board and will definitely include the young striker in his sixteen for the clash at Carlisle United.

The Tigers boss has been actively looking for another front man for the past few weeks and was targeting an experienced figure.

However, although Walters doesn't fit that particular bill, his signing is seen as a massive bonus by Taylor.

"We're delighted that Sam Allardyce agreed to let Jonathan join us," he said.

"He's a player that I've known about and liked for some time and has a lot of qualities.

"Jonathan isn't the experienced striker we've been looking for but when the opportunity came along to bring him here for a month it was too good to turn down.

"I'm hoping the loan move will be perfect for everyone and if Jonathan comes here and scores a few goals it will help him get back into the side at Bolton.

"Playing at first team level with us rather in the Premiership reserves league will be a big help to him and he's really looking forward to it.

"He will be in the squad for Carlisle but I'm not sure at the minute whether he'll start or be named on the bench."

Turning to the game at Brunton Park, Taylor knows that his side have to build on last week's encouraging performance against Cambridge United.

The Tigers should have won on the day and Taylor is hopeful that the little bit of luck the team need is waiting for them up in Cumbria.

"When you're going through a bad patch you need something to give you confidence and the performance last Saturday has done that both for myself and the players," he continued.

"I know we didn't win the game but we created a lot of chances and played plenty of good football at times.

"The players have been excellent again this week and we know that we need a win."

On the team news front, City will once again be without the suspended Ian Ashbee while Irish defender Damien Delaney is sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Richie Appleby looks like being the favourite to fill the central midfield role again and Taylor added:

"There was a bit of a scare with Richie earlier in the week but he's fit to play and the more I seem him the more I think what a good player he is.

"Marc Joseph was also doubtful but he should be okay and it just means I'll have to make one forced change."

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