Rams boss Neil Kelly admits he’s found it tough to leave players out of his match day squad, following a positive start to the new campaign.

Dewsbury’s only defeat so far this season came courtesy of a narrow reverse at home to table-toppers London in round two.

“I’ve had a really difficult job saying to some people that they’re not playing,” said Kelly.

“Kyle Trout has shown great form in the last couple of weeks, but I had to tell him he wasn’t playing.

“I’ve got Martyn Reilly, Billy Hayes and Sam Day, and others, that are also looking for the chance, and in any normal side they’ve got a better than even chance of playing.

“I put it on the players that have played that they have to justify their selection with their performances, and they did that against Rochdale.”

Speaking following the win at Spotland, Kelly reported: “Gareth Moore will be out this weekend, because the knock he took against London needs some further checks.

“But, in Gaz’s absence against Rochdale, Michael Knowles did really well.

“We know he has a good footballing brain, and he’s shown again that he’s got good distribution and a good kicking game.

“We could hear his communication as well and he’s a great talker for us.”

Kelly reserved praise for Rob Spicer, who made his first appearance of the season against Rochadale.

“For somebody that hasn’t played for a while, and who is the wrong side of 30, he put a great effort in for us against Rochdale.

“I joked with him when he come off that I wanted a full 80 from him, but he managed 75, so I can’t knock him too much.

“He defended manfully and he added something for us in attack as well, so he’s done really well.”

Read more from the Rams boss in Sunday’s match day programme.

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