Date: 8th November 2013 at 3:12pm
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The absence of Aaron Downes has been particularly felt in recent weeks but his recovery from his knee injury could come at a key time for manager Alan Knill.

The game against Bury not only saw him play more than his own part in protecting our goal, but he notched our opener on the day helping us to a three one victory.

Speaking to the Official Site about the importance of his return to playing action, Knill said.

‘Aaron has always been an important figure. He was Player of the Year last season and one of the main people we wanted to re-sign. He’s a proper defender, he heads the ball, and can be dangerous in the box as well. Everybody thinks Aaron should score 15 goals a season, and he thinks that as well.’

Knill adds that when it came to him signing the new contract, thankfully for us he likes the area, he likes the club and he’s settled and that definitely played in our favour and everyone was delighted to have him re-commit to the club, given how big a player he is for us on the pitch.

Knill says you only have to look at the goals we concede and the number of them when he’s not in the team to know how important he is for us, because the gaffer doesn’t believe that that is a co-incidence.