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Manager assesses young striker's defensive capabilities

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

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GIANT striker Kieffer Moore could be moulded into a defender after being deployed at centre half during Yeovil Town's behind-closed-doors game with Exeter City.

The Sky Bet Championship hosts were beaten 1-0 by their League Two visitors on Tuesday, with the former Dorchester Town youngster impressing manager Gary Johnson in his new role.

Moore - plucked from the non-League Magpies in the summer - has made just six appearances in all competitions so far this season, with only one from the start.

The 6ft 5ins forward, who was also a transfer target for Charlton Athletic, has failed to even make the substitutes' bench in recent weeks. But Johnson is refusing to give up on Moore, hoping the 19-year-old can show promise at the other end of the pitch.

"Kieffer played at centre half, which was pleasing," said Johnson. "We wanted to see if he could add another string to his young bow at the moment. The ones that have not been playing got a ticking over and some of them did okay. It was 1-0 to Exeter but the result didn't really matter."

Johnson also cast his eye over three trialists - one believed to be former Barnsley midfielder Hugo Colace - but said he would not be pursuing his interest in any of them.

The manager added that Danny Seaborne's FA Cup involvement with Coventry City last weekend meant he was only out of Yeovil's plans for the competition. On the loanee, Johnson said: "When you send people away to get games and an FA Cup game is in that, sometimes you don't want to pull them out of it because if the side wins they might not get back into the team.

"All of a sudden they are in exactly the same position as they had been with us."

Yeovil will play Russell Slade's Leyton Orient at Huish Park in the FA Cup Third Round, with the match to be played on either January 4 or 5. Johnson said: "It's only a bad draw if we get beaten."

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