Stones and Murphy in the frame for Boston United starting places

Mickey Stones (left) in in United's plans.
Mickey Stones (left) in in United's plans.

PILGRIMS boss Jason Lee believes Kieran Murphy and Mickey Stones are very much in his plans ahead of tonight’s crunch play-off first-leg clash at Guiseley.

Stones needed just three minutes and two seconds to score on his Boston debut on Saturday, while Murphy returned to action for the first time in 23 matches, after suffering a fractured foot.

“Everyone’s in our plans,” United manager Lee told The Standard.

With forwards Lawrie Dudfield, Marc Newsham and Danny Davidson all picking up niggling injuries, Stones’ stock has risen, especially since Saturday’s impressive 90 minutes.

Duscussing the fellow target man, Lee added: “Stoney’s been knocking on the door since we watched our first reserve game.

“I saw something I liked.

“He’s a big guy and I can identify with big strikers and what they’re all about.”

And Lee also praised former teammate Murphy, who came through 90 minutes of Saturday’s clash, despite his lengthy lay-off.

Before his injury, the defender had played 20 consecutive games for the Pilgrims, being an ever-present in the side which kept a club-record 10 straight clean sheets.

“I was with Murphy at Ilkeston last year and I know what he’s about,” Lee continued.

“He’s a good defender and we’re just glad he came through the game OK.

“We put him in as we knew that if he didn’t play on Saturday then he wouldn’t play again this season.

“We didn’t know how long he would last, but he did good.”

Shaun Pearson added that it was ‘brilliant’ to see his former central defensive partner back in the mix.

He said: “We have a joke that when we play together we either keep a clean sheet or concede four.

“Fortunately, we’ve kept more clean sheets.”