James Brophy is adapting well to the left-back role, says his boss Ross Embleton.

The 25-year-old has filled in at the back in the absence of Joe Widdowson on numerous occasions this season, providing a decent attacking outlet from the back with speedy runs and pin-point balls forward.

He has stood out in recent games at the back, and the displays have not gone unnoticed.

After Saturday's game, Embleton said: “The home game against Grimsby, I thought James was absolutely outstanding a left-back, but he gave the ball away and Grimsby scored, so everybody then goes out of the ground cursing him.

"Me and him sat down on the Monday morning and watched his game back, and I reassured him that his performance was excellent.

"I thought he was very good again last week and I thought he was good again on Tuesday so I think he’s built into the left-back position, he takes responsibility there now and we know that when we do get him on the ball he can join in and cause real problems in the final third.”

Widdowson returned to the squad for the win at the weekend, but may find himself on the bench if Brophy's performances continue to impress.