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Captain's Praise For Diminutive Left Back

Stiliyan Petrov is delighted that Nicky Shorey chose to turn his back on a move to today's opponents Portsmouth.

Speaking to The Birmingham Mail Petrov explained that he believes Shorey had been out most consistent player so far this season, and that he more than deserves to be in the squad and battling with Stephen Warnock for the left back spot.

'Nicky has had an outstanding season for us in the last few games and we would have really missed him had he left us for Portsmouth.'

Praising Shorey for a summer of hard work, Petrov said he has come back sharper and fitter this season as he attempts to put the nightmare spell on the bench behind him.

Stan also believes with the strength of the squad now and the fact Monny plans on rotating the team whenever he can, that Shorey will get more than enough time on the pitch, and from a personal perspective he'd much rather play alongside Shorey than against him.

Whether or not Shorey still has a future here, the coming months will tell. Competition is good but it's hard enough to keep two players happy who want to play. For the left back spot with the return of Bouma we have three so it's going to be interesting in the lead up to January.

Like many fans I'm still unsure why Shorey was immediately dropped for Warnock as although he wasn't pulling up trees he was playing more than admirably and didn't deserve to be dropped.

But there's also no doubt that Warnock is a more rounded player, the biggest question for Nicky really - is he happy being backup?

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 19 2009

Time: 5:13PM

 

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