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Full-back Damien Delaney has cited injuries to key players as one of the reasons for a disappointing season.

The outspoken defender drew applause from fans at the loyal supporters evening when his frank assessment of the season contradicted that of his fellow players - believing this season had ultimately been a failure.

The former Hull City defender was keen to stress that there were no excuses for the poor performances on the field but has told today (Tuesday) that injuries had a part to play.

He said: 'It's easy to make excuses for this season, but the fact is we've been without a lot of our key players for large parts of the season,

'You've got to remember that Patrick Agyemang has been out; Martin Rowlands has been out; Akos Buzsaky has been out; and Rowan Vine has been out.

'Agyemang was scoring for fun last season; Rowly got his fair share; Akos was free-scoring as well; and Viney was bagging goals aplenty.

'If you look at that bunch, that's nearly 40 odds goals that have been taken out of the team, by not having them available."

The full back rounded off with a tantalising statement that conveniently coincides with the end of the early bird renewal period in five days time.

'It's been a disappointing campaign, but if we're all fully fit, we can expect a marked improvement next season.'

Meanwhile skipper Martin Rowlands continues to make strides in his return from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

'The knee is getting better all the time,' Rowlands told

'It's been three months or so now since I picked up the injury, but I'm making progress all the time.

'I'm back doing some jogging and some light ball work and that's great. It's great to be out of the gym.

'I'm hopeful I'll be back somewhere around the start of the season.

'I'm not going to put a date on it, just in case I suffer any setbacks, but hopefully I should be back somewhere near the start of the new campaign.'

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Date:Tuesday May 12 2009
Time: 2:11PM


I think he's right, we have missed some key players this season. Rowlands was getting into his stride under Paulo before the injury then of course Buzsaky went again, with Pat also started to look good in attack. Rowan Vine adds to that mix and we have missed the lot of them. We saw glimpses of Rowan and Pat together at Preston and that was exciting. Sometimes it's not the best strikers but the best partnerships that win games, and they were and could still be a formidable duo.
12/05/2009 15:44:00
I dunno where Damien gets the 40 goal figure from though... Dave'll never score as many in a season again as he did when he first joined (in 1/2 a season!), Vine's not an out-and-out goalscorer, more an assist-maker and Rowlands was terrible last season. I was glad when he got injured as it was embarrasing watching the Project captain whining about the fans. Buzz'll be as good as a top signing when he's back though.
13/05/2009 10:52:00
I think you can see the nucleus of a good side there, Pat wasn't bouncing them in off his arse - he was showing outstanding technical ability to roll the ball in the corner, something you cannot gain or lose overnight. I think those four combined would amount to 40 goals or more IMHO.
13/05/2009 12:27:00
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