30/9/00...Blackpool..The post mortem begins.
After last nights depressing home defeat, against Blackpool with the Sky cameras in attendance, the question of goals and who to get them came to the thoughts of all Harriers fans who were there to witness Kidderminster's total lack of fire power in front of goal.
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No Harriers striker has scored in the last seven games, and with the return of Ian Foster continually being put back, and Skovbjergs return a long way off, it makes you wonder why the team has not been strengthened by a loan striker.
Jan Molby seems to have his hands tied by lack of funds.
Although he has hinted this week of his interest in Daire Doyle from Coventry he can only be seen as one for the future and not for immediate use.
Chairman Lionel Newton cannot be expected to put his hand in his pockets every time Jan wants to increase the size of the squad, the club must generate funds from other sources.
This is what the money from the Sky coverage should be used for, along with the receipts from last nights attendance.
This must amount to at least £75.000.
After last nights inept performance if a proven striker, with the same qualities of Blackpools Brett Ormerod, is not signed soon then the next time Sky cameras are at Aggborough will be to show another team clinching promotion to the 2nd div and the Harriers fighting to avoid relegation back to the Conference.
I'm sorry if all this sounds negative but if we don't get goals we don't get points.
It's as simple as that!!
Anyway this is what Jan had to say about last night.
"We got a lesson tonight, we really did.
Their movement and passing was excellent, but our defending was atrocious.
It's the sort of defending you wouldn't see on a park on a Sunday, so I don't know what we were doing.
We'll just have to pick ourselves up for another good side, Rochdale, who come here on Friday,"
"At times our defending was embarrassing.
We didn't expect to get beaten 4-1 by anyone this season and all the goals were disappointing.
The first three goals we conceded were like something you see down the park.
One or two of them may have gone missing' but they have still tried to play football and stuck to what they believe in."
Molby was in no doubt how good Blackpool were.
"People said when we played Brighton, then Cardiff, that they were the best teams we have played this year, but Blackpool are the best team we have played this season by a long way."
29/9/00...Tonights team news.
Harriers go into tonight's televised Nationwide League Division Three match, against struggling Blackpool at Aggborough, with Stewart Hadley back in the side after missing last weeks game at Cardiff because of his new baby son's illness.
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Also back in the squad is defender Steve Pope who has recovered from hamstring trouble.
However Ian Foster (hamstring), goalkeeper Tim Clarke (knee) and midfielder Gary Barnett (hamstring) will all be missing.
Jan Molby said of Foster:
"He's had a scan which has shown he's all clear to step up his work, but he's too far away from being able to play in terms of his general fitness."
And about Clarke he said:
"He's had a reaction to his knee and it's swollen up and is very sore, so tonight will be too early for him."
Harriers start the game in seventh spot while Blackpool are at the bottom of the table along with Halifax on six points.
"I don't read too much into the league tables at this stage. I think when we get to 15 games we'll know exactly where we are which could possibly shape our season.
I refuse to believe Black-pool are going to be anywhere near the bottom. They have too many good players. They will come good but we have to make sure it's not against us.
They play a very rigid 4-4-2 and the danger man is Paul Simpson who they have taken from Wolves. He's playing wide on the left and he's their star man even at the ripe age of 34.
He's the one that makes them tick and, of course, they have got the joint top scorer in the Third Division in John Murphy.
He's a kid I know. He was at Liverpool before he went to Chester. He's a big strong boy and he's going to be a real handful".
He went on to say;
"People will look at the league table and say we are going to be the favourites tonight. We can't stop them doing that, but if you look into it and think six months ago where were the two clubs.
They were in the Second Division and we were in the Conference, so it's going to be tough as all the relegated sides are fancied to do well.
Steve has got plenty of time to put it right and I think he will."
Brock, Clarkson, Stamps, Webb, Hinton, Bennett, Horne, Bird, Ducros, Shail, Bogie, Hadley, Smith, Pope, Murphy, Davies, Corbett.
Barnes, Jaszczun, Morrison, Hughes, Coid, Bushell, Wellens, Collins, Simpson, Ormerod, Murphy, Milligan, Clarkson, Nowland, Rachel, Jones.
Referee; P Walton (Northants)
28/9/00...Jan wants to keep triallist.
Jan Molby has said that he does not want to lose the chance of signing Coventry City youngster, Daire Doyle.
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Doyle scored three goals and made another last night against Tamworth in a Central Conference game, which the Reds won 5-1.
Gordon Strachen has told Jan that the 20yr old Dubliner is available on a free transfer, but Jan is worried that there is nothing left in the budget to pay his wages.
"It's only a matter of time before it's public knowledge, but there is no scope to bring him in" said Molby.
Doyle has now played in two reserve games for the Harriers and under FA rules cannot play again for the club while being contracted to another.
26/9/00...Fozzie, no go for Friday.
It looks almost certain that striker Ian Foster will not be making the starting eleven this Friday, for the evening game against Blackpool.
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He should be on the bench, although he still has problems with his hamstring injury.
"Ian has still not trained and is still having treatment." said Jan Molby.
"The bench is an option for the Blackpool game, but only if he is fit and can come through a competitive training session first"
Tim Clarke could make his return in this match but second choice keeper, Stuart Brock is in such good form that Clarke may also be on the bench.
26/9/00...No favours for McMahon.
Jan Molby doesn't intend to do his old Liverpool team mate Steve McMahon any favours when they come head to head at Aggborough this Friday.
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McMahon is boss of struggling Blackpool who visit us for Friday night's live Sky TV game.
Jan says that friendship won't come into it once the teams take to the field in front of the live cameras.
No doubt the TV attention will be on the old Liverpool parteners.
"I went to Liverpool before Steve was bought in 1985 and I remember at the time people thought he was signed to replace me.
I think some people felt it hadn't worked out since I moved across from Ajax and when Steve was brought in even I thought at that time he was to take over from me.
But I remember as if it were yesterday, Kenny Dalglish called me into the office and said if you believe what everybody else thinks that Steve's here to replace you then you are wrong.
He's here to play along with you."
"And we played together in central midfield for many years. He was a tough tackler and a very good player.
I think he was at Liverpool for about six years with me and he was a super player.
We had a full season of sharing a room together, so I know Steve well and I kept in touch with him when he was at Swindon.
He did a good job there as manager and now he's at Blackpool and finding it a little bit difficult early on.
But I know what it's like. I had a relegated team at Swansea and we made a similar start. Your players have become accustomed to losing and it's very difficult to get them out of that bad habit.
What Steve needs now are the qualities that he had as a player and I'm sure come the end of the season that they won't be far away."
Jan is also looking forward to the effect the television cameras will have on Harriers.
"It will be tremendous for the club. Think back six months ago and remember what's happened to us since then.
We've had two Worthington cup matches against Walsall and now all of a sudden we are live on Sky. It's fantastic for the club and I'd like to think the players are looking forward to it.
I certainly am."
"There is one thing you don't want to happen, though, when you are on national television and that's to let yourself down. That's always one fear you have, but I know if we perform we can entertain the viewers. I just hope it doesn't come too big for us.
I think it will put a little bit of extra pressure on the players.
There will be a bit of a build-up to the match, but there's already a lot of excitement in and around Kidderminster for it which I think is right.
Personally, I love these occasions and when people get excited I think it's tremendous, because that's what it's all about.
We are here to try to serve the public and when they get excited by us it's fantastic.
The players can't help but get excited as well and I think they are looking forward to it because a lot of them are unknown out there in the big world.
And if you can have a good game you can be on everybody's lips for at least 24 hours."
26/9/00...Life in the league.
Jan Molby is happy with how the team have adapted to life in League 2 so far this season.
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Two examples of just how he thinks they have progressed are the matches against Brighton and Cardiff City, both clubs who regularly get attendances of more than 6,000.
"They are big clubs, but we are matching them on and off the field.
We are very organised on the pitch and off it. In an ideal world we would like to have the same amount of people turn up at Aggborough, but that's never going to happen.
After nine games we have to be pleased with what we've achieved, particularly as I thought we had some tricky games during the early part of the season. We have played some of the favourites already and come through it well.
To be perfectly honest I was expecting a bit more of a mixed start, but there have been a lot of things that have pleased me.
Obviously, our points tally at the moment is great, but I also think it's very, very important that, along with Darlington, we have the meanest defence in the division.
But, in fairness, that's really no more than we deserve for all the hard work we are putting in."
Speaking about the reception that he received on Saturday at Cardiff Jan said;
"I must say I didn't quite get the reception I was expecting from the Cardiff fans, bearing in mind my former Swansea City links.
I thought it would be a lot worse, but my Swansea experience is over three years ago and maybe most of them had forgotten. There were little sections that remembered alright, but that was just banter, which I quite enjoy.
I think if they don't give you stick or boo you then you'd be disappointed because it would mean they'd forgotten all about you.
But, overall, I thought the reception was good, it's a case of mutual respect really. Cardiff are a fantastic club with very good supporters and I'd like to think that deep down they thought I did a good job at Swansea.
Tony Bird got more stick than me, but that's because more recently he'd played for Swansea and figured in matches against Cardiff on a number of occasions.
Tony, though, responded well to it. He was very unlucky with a header in the first half which brought a world-class save from their keeper.
He's got a reputation as a goalscorer and he's still got to find the back of the net for us, although I'm sure it won't be long now."
He finished by explaining Stewart Hadleys absence;
"Stewart Hadley didn't play on Saturday because his newly born baby wasn't well and Tim Clarke didn't make the squad, after all, following his recent knee operation.
It was a tough week for Tim and towards the end of it he looked like somebody who had been out for a number of weeks. He looked sluggish and needed to work a little more on his fitness.
22/9/00...Tim Clarke back?..and team news
Tim Clarke is set to return for the Harriers trip to unbeaten Cardiff City tomorrow, after being out for the last six matches.
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Clarkie has been back in full training for over a week following a knee operation and is in line to take over from Stuart Brock, who will be rested on the bench to give the broken bone in his hand time to heal.
Jan Molby said:
"We have to take everything into consideration.
The fact that Clarke hasn't played a reserve game, but he's fit and available, and that Brock still has a broken bone in his hand.
Clarke has trained without any effect to his knee so he'll be in contention."
Ian Foster is hoping to be fit in time for Harriers home match against Blackpool next Friday but he is still battling to overcome hamstring trouble.
Also out with a hamstring injury is defender Steve Pope.
Following Harriers defeat of Orient on Saturday, third-placed Cardiff are now the only unbeaten outfit in the division.
"They are going to be a little bit like the Rushden & Diamonds of the Third Division.
They have spent big money recently and have got a lot of money at their disposal.
It doesn't guarantee you anything but they are certainly one of the bigger clubs".
On the Reds chances Jan said:
"If we don't stand up and be strong we will get blown away.
I would expect my team to stand up 100% and deal with most things.
And possibly we are in for a bombardment".
"There are probably short odds on them to beat us but I don't expect us to buckle.
We need to protect ourselves and then give it plenty going forward while creating chances, like we did at Walsall and Brighton."
Clarke, Brock, Clarkson, Stamps, Hinton, Smith, Bennett, Horne, Bird, Ducros, Bogie, Hadley, Webb, Corbett, Shail, Murphy.
Walton, brazier, Gabbidon, Greene, Young, Legg, Evans, Hill, Bowen, Nugent, Earnshaw, Fortune-West, Hallworth, Bonner, Low, McCulloch, Brayson.
Referee: Rob Styles (Hants)
22/9/00...Jan looks forward to the Cardiff game.
Jan Molby takes the Harriers to unbeaten Cardiff for the first time since he was boss of their arch rivals Swansea.
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And he knows he will be in for a noisy welcome from the partisan Cardiff supporters.
Also making a return will be Cardiff born Tony Bird who, when he was at Swansea, was once attacked and beaten up when on a night out with his girlfriend in his home city.
Molby took over at the Vetch in February 1996, but was unable to prevent Swanseas relegation to the Third Division despite six wins in 14 matches.
But the following season he steered the Swans to fifth and the Third Division play-off final at Wembley, where they were beaten 1-0 by a twice-taken last-minute free kick by Northampton.
Along the way his Swansea team beat Cardiff 3-1 at Ninian Park but were beaten 1-0 in the return.
"I expect there to be a warm welcome and I'm sure they will be delighted to see me!" joked Molby.
"There will be a big crowd, the biggest we have played in front of this season but it's the sort of match our players can go and enjoy," he said.
"Cardiff had a win-draw start to the season, but now they are scoring goals.
They are starting to fire and it was a very impressive 2-0 win that they achieved at Scunthorpe last Saturday.
I think it will be our biggest test so far."
City have recently been taken over by ex Wimbledeon owner Sam Hammam.
Hammam has installed former Albion boss Bobby Gould as the new manager, along with Wimbledon man, Alan Cork, as Goulds assistant.
Hamman's money has transformed Cardiff into League 2's big spenders after shelling out £300,000 for striker Leo Fortune-West from Rotherham and on Wednesday paid £175,000 for Daniel Gabbidon from WBA.
With that kind of financial backing, Molby however is convinced they will be a force to be reckoned with.
"If a team in the Third Division can spend £300,000 on a player you do get a bit of envy," admitted Jan.
"And I will be surprised if Cardiff don't get promoted.
They had a strong squad already and have added five players to that."
Jan is also confident that striker Tony Bird can break his goalscoring duck for Harriers.
"Tony is looking forward to the game, he is a goalscorer and I know he will score goals.
One or two people are starting to doubt him but he has been in the professional game for a number of years and he knows that strikers go through bad patches.
It might affect others more than Tony but he still expects to score in every game he plays."
The Harriers have got a good away record so far this season, only losing one out of five games, including three draws.
And with the fact that Cardiff have drawn three out of their four league matches at Ninian Park too it should be a close game.
Team news to follow.
21/9/00...On yer bike, Dylan.
Jan Molby has cancelled the contract of new defender, Dylan Kerr, with immediate effect after a breach of club discipline.
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Kerr went back to his Scottish home near Troon on Saturday night, and faced with a six-hour journey to Worcestershire for training he wanted to have Monday off .
The former Leeds defender was bought in as cover, less than two weeks ago, for the injured Scott Stamps and has made one appearance as substitute against Orient last week.
"We have terminated his contract. I know what happens, he went back there with the best intentions and went to get some more gear.
But he had enough stuff here already, we wash all the gear of all the players who stay in hotels so there is no excuse.
I know what he thought: 'it's six hours back to Kidderminster and I don't fancy it.'
So he asked for the day off and I told him why not take the rest of the month as well.
That's not good enough, we are nice people here but we are not a holiday camp."
21/9/00...Jan praises Craig Hinton.
Jan Molby has warned that Craig Hinton may be on his way to another club after he revealed that he has been watched by scouts in the past few weeks.
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Nottingham Forest chief scout Sammy Chapman was watching the Orient game, and he could not help but be impressed by the form of crowd favourite Craig.
He made his Harriers debut two years ago today after being brought to the club for nothing by Graham Allner.
The 22-year-old former Blues YTS centre-back has been in the form of his life this season and grabbed his first Football League goal in the 2-1 victory over Leyton Orient at the weekend.
"If he continues the way he is going, one or two people will take note,"
said Molby, who says he has not received any inquiries about Hinton yet.
"But it would need to be a special type of club because he is not the big, tough defender sort.
He is definitely the right centre half for a higher level. He has an ability to bring the ball out of defence and create things which is the last thing centre forwards want.
When he does that it puts pressure on midfielders and leads to them over-committing themselves. It's something that we work on a lot."
Hinton has made almost 100 appearances for the Harriers and has risen to be an important part of the teams good fortunes so far this season.
He thought he had lost his place at right back when Ian Clarkson arrived last October, and when Clarkson went on to play in every game, he must have wondered how he was going to force his way back in.
A reserve game against Hednesford in which he played at centre-back caught Molby's eye, and he hasn't looked back since.
18/9/00...Pope may go out on loan.
Jan Molby said today that he hoped to send out of favour defender, Steve Pope, out on loan to another club.
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Popey has yet to play in a first team match this season, although he has played in most reserve team games.
"I think we need to get Ian Foster fit first to get up the numbers but when we get in the lucky position of having everybody fit it's always a possibility." said Jan.
"It is a problem. He missed the first game through suspension then he has had this problem with his eyesight."
Steve is now at the back of the queue with Hinton, Smith and Shail in front of him so he will need to keep up his fitness by going out on loan.
18/9/00...Review of Saturdays win.
Jan says the team "huffed and puffed" but they still got the result he wanted when they beat Leyton Orient 2-1 on Saturday.
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"What got us the result was the fact that we kept working," he said.
With one of the smallest squads in the Third Division Harriers have played poorly but well enough to occupy fifth spot.
They now have a whole week to prepare for their next fixture, away at third-placed Cardiff.
This is the first time Harriers have had a seven day gap between games since the opening day of the season.
Jan said about the tiredness;
"We'll improve, but I never thought we would sink as low as we have in terms of energy. We are normally a team with a lot of energy but we didn't show a lot of that.
There's nothing wrong with the fitness. We are as fit as anyone in the Third Division, it's just the fact that the players are tired mentally and physically.
There's no cure for that. People say rest, but that doesn't necessarily cure it, but it will take care of itself in a couple of weeks."
"Orient were as strong an outfit as we have seen all season. They were capable of taking the game to us.
Nobody had been able to come here and do that yet, but they did. They played very well."
17/9/00...Tommy on his way back.
Good news on the injury front this week with the news that fans hero, Thomas Skovbjerg, could be on his way back to full fitness earlier than at first thought.
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Jan Molby thinks that he could be playing in 'small sided games' by October 25th, Tommy's 26th birthday.
Tommy received a cruciate knee injury when the Harriers played Altrincham at home on 26th March. He was expected to be out for at least 12 months but two trips to Lilleshall for rehabilitation and a recent holiday at home in Denmark seemed to have done him good.
"Thomas has done very well and things are moving quicker than we would have hoped.
The trip (to Denmark) was just to break it up a little bit. He went to see his family and he has a schedule to keep to but I don't have to worry about sending him.
Thomas is very focused and does all the work asked of him."
"When he got injured we thought he would be out for up to 12 months so he is well ahead of schedule. He has already been kicking balls with the goalkeepers and getting involved in small sided games is the next step."
"Thomas won't do anything unless he his 100% right." said Jan.
"We can't push him into anything because only he knows how he is coming along. But I know that he is happy in himself, which is superb news."
Thomas has had two operations on his knee and has not suffered any complications. He spent the time while the team went on the close season tour of Denmark building up his fitness by running, twisting and turning.
15/9/00...Team news for Orient game.
Scott Stamps and Adie Smith are both expected to be fully fit for tomorrow's Nationwide League Division Three clash against 2nd placed Leyton Orient at Aggborough (3pm).
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Still on the sick list are striker, Ian Foster (hamstring) and goalkeeper, Tim Clarke (knee).
Jan Molby says that he wants a vastly improved display following Tuesday night's 1-1 draw at Southend United.
"It was a poor performance by us. I thought we were poor from start to finish and really we left two points there.
It was a tremendous opportunity to come back with three points, but we didn't.
We have been saying for a while now that the lads, like the rest of the country, are running on empty.
But even Ray Graydon (Walsall's manager) has come out and said there's too much football and that's from a battle-hardened squad of Second Division players."
"We have got 70 per cent of our squad who have just gone from part time to full time so we're struggling equally.
We are picking up points but I just thought there was a little bit too much on Tuesday that we forgot how to do.
It wouldn't have taken a lot of winning and obviously it's disappointing playing 39 minutes against 10 men and them coming back and equalising."
Molby expects a difficult match against an Orient side who are two places above Harriers in fourth position.
"It will be a difficult game for us.
They are one of only two unbeaten teams in the third division - Cardiff are the other who we play the following Saturday.
So it's going to be tough. They have had some good results, but they will come here and try and play.
Two years ago they were in the play-off finals. Last year they had a disappointing time, but now they seem to have bounced back.
They have got good young players, very mobile and playing at a good tempo."
"We have had a couple of home matches where the away teams have packed their defences and not really tried to make a game of it.
But I think Orient will make it an open game and obviously they will be on a high because they are doing well in the league.
They are one of the teams to look out for this season and let's hope it will be an entertaining game."
Brock; Clarkson, Stamps, Webb, Hinton, Bennett, Horne, Bird, Shail, Bennett, Barnett, Hadley, Ducros, Smith, Murphy, Bogie, Kerr.
Bayes; Joseph, Lockwood, Smith, McGee, Harris, Walschaerts, Brkovic, Griffiths, Garcia, Martin, Barrett, Christie, McElholm, Dorrian, Watts.
12/9/00...Team news for Southend.
Shock news today that Ian Foster may be out for another three weeks after Jan Molby said that his injury is worse than was at first thought.
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It appears that Ian has a small tear tear in his hamstring.
"He has not responded to treatment at all.
The medical people say he will be out for another three weeks.
He has complained of a tightness for a couple of weeks which more often than not you get, especially at this time of the season.
But obviously this is something more serious than that and it must be some sort of tear."
Harriers only have two fit strikers, Stewart Hadley and Tony Bird as well as Andy Corbett who is yet to start a game at League level.
Jan said there is no panic and that he will not enter the transfer market.
"Tony Bird comes back into contention tonight and there's no need to start pressing any panic buttons yet" said Molby.
Dylan Kerr will be starting his first game for the Harriers as they head to Southend United for tonight's Division Three match at Roots Hall, ko 7.45.
The former Leeds United defender is likely to take the place of Adie Smith who is out with a hamstring strain.
Scott Stamps (knee), Ian Foster (hamstring) and Tim Clarke are also ruled out.
Harriers, however, will be boosted by the return of forward Tony Bird who missed the Barnet trip because of a one-match suspension for being sent off for two bookable offences in the recent home match against Halifax Town.
Stuart Brock will play in goal with his broken right hand heavily strapped up under his glove as it was for the match with Barnet last Saturday.
"He only had one save to make in the first half and there was no reaction, so I think he'll be fine," said Jan Molby.
Jan is expecting another tough game against a Southend side who are currently sixth from bottom in the table.
He said: "They started the season on fire by beating Brighton 2-0 but since then have found it a little bit difficult.
They are like most teams in the lower divisions. They are particularly strong at home and they will be a handful for us whatever system they play.
They like to get the ball down and try and knock it around so it could be interesting."
"We felt we left two points at Barnet, so we are going to go to Southend tonight and try to put that right.
But after their home draw with Plymouth on Saturday they will be looking to try and gain the three points against us.
So it's a game that could go either way, but we will be going there to try to win it."
Brock, Clarkson, Hinton, Bennett, Horne, Ducros, Shail, Bogie, Barnett, Hadley, Bird, Webb, Pope, Kerr, Corbett, Murphy.
Woodman, Capleton, Cross, Searle, Roget, Wheelan, Tinkler, Maher, Connelly, Carruthers, Fitzpatrick, Houghton, Lee, Forbes, Morley, Hunter,
11/9/00...Jan on Barnet game and Dylan Kerr.
Jan says that he wants his players to have more self belief after the goalless draw at Barnet on Saturday.
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"The funny thing is we are a little bit apprehensive when we come to places like this and we shouldn't be.
We should believe more in ourselves, but I still think there's a lot more to come from our team and in another three or four months we'll go to places like Barnet and win.
Barnet worked hard but we had nothing to contend with apart from a load of balloons into our penalty area and we dealt wth that all afternoon.
When we wanted to go forward and win the game we just quite didn't have the energy. But thats down to the fact that the transformation from part time to full time is just starting to take it's toll a little bit.
It was a good point although we are slightly disappointed that we didn't take all three".
On the new full back, Dylan Kerr, Molby said that he wanted to keep the deal quiet but the news was released by someone at one of Kerrs old clubs, Reading.
The Maltese born left back has signed a contract for 28 days and was an unused substitute in the game at Barnet.
Scott Stamps would have played but was ruled out after pulling a muscle in his chest in Friday's training session.
With Adie Smith pulling a hamstring at Underhill it looks like Kerr will be playing on Tuesday night at Southend.
"Dylan is a recognised left-back who I know can do a job for us.
I know Dylan from his Reading days when I tried to sign him for Swansea and with Scott's fitness in doubt we need him.
Scott's knee was not a problem, it was 95 per cent right but he pulled a muscle in his chest and anyone who has had that injury will know that it is very painful for four or five days."
9/9/00...Left sided full back on trial.
Jan Molby has increased the Harriers left sided options by bringing in former Leeds full back Dylan Kerr on trial.
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The 33yr old Maltese born player has been at Aggborough during the last week while Harriers first choice full back, Scott Stamps, has been battling against a knee injury.
Kerr is believed to have arrived at the club after a spell on trial with Scottish First Division club Ayr United.
He was released by Kilmarnock boss and former WBA striker Bobby Williamson at the end of last season after a groin injury kept him out of action all last season.
8/9/00...Murphy set for debut.
Harriers are to give 3rd choice keeper, Brendan Murphy, his League debut tomorrow at Barnet after Jan Molby failed to sign one on loan from another club yesterday.
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Stuart Brock was cleared, after talks with a specialist and Harriers physio Jim Conway, to take part despite breaking a bone in his hand.
He will be on the bench, his hand heavily strapped.
Murphy, the former Irish under-21 international who spent five seasons at Wimbledon, has received his call quicker than he would have expected, but Molby is confident the 25-year-old can take his chance.
"We had him over from Ireland and we thought we could work on him with the other two keepers for six or 12 months," said Molby.
"He has a lot of qualities as well as things he needs to learn. I have every faith in him and I'm sure there will be no problems."
Still on the casualty list are defender Scott Stamps (knee) and striker Ian Foster (hamstring).
Jan is hoping the Reds can forget Tuesday night's cup disappointment and also last Saturday's home 1-0 Division Three defeat against Carlisle United.
"It's going to be another tough one for us.
Over the last three seasons they have found themselves in the play-offs twice so they will be a real handful.
A lot of their success is built on their home form at Underhill where they do very well.
They are a direct side and they get the ball forward very quickly. They have got one of the best wide players in the division in Darren Currie who can play wide on the right and wide on the left.
It's going to be one of those games where if you think you can go down there and feel sorry for yourselves after what happened against Walsall then you get the shock of your life.
Barnet play the same way every game. They hit quick and they close you down quick, so it's going to be a real tough 90 minutes for us."
"But we have got to take heart from the way we contained Walsall on Tuesday.
In an ideal world you always want to cause them more problems going forward but they are an exceptional side and I think we have got to take a lot of heart from that."
"The biggest problem we have got at the moment, though, is not confidence it's injuries."
Molby is hoping that Harriers can regain their goalscoring touch after failing to hit the target in their last two matches.
He said: "The Carlisle game was disappointing but the thing missing against them was the tempo.
Walsall are an exceptional side and in many ways we didn't go looking for that goal because we didn't have to score.
We did the business up there and we felt with a bit of luck we could contain them and we nearly did until we made a mistake.
But anyone who guarantees you goals is going to cost you an awful lot of money by signing that kind of player, so we'll carry on and I'm sure come the end of the season we'll get enough goals. Nobody wants to get knocked out of cups but the league is more important."
"A run in the Worthington Cup would have been for financial gains for the club and a bit of confidence for the players but the league is our bread and butter."
Murphy; Brock, Clarkson, Hinton, Smith, Bennett, Horne, Ducros, Shail, Bogie, Hadley, Webb, Murphy, Pope, Davies, Corbett.
Harrison; Stockley, Heald, Basham, Arber, Sawyers, Doolan, rown, Toms, Currie, Richards, McGleish, Purser, Strevens, Newton, Charlery, Bell.
Ref; Lee Cable (Worthing).
7/9/00...Molby in hunt for keeper.
Jan Molby says that he wants to get a goalkeeper signed on loan to ease the current goalkeeping crisis at the club, before the trip to Barnet.
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Molby was today scouring the Premiership and the First Division to find a short-term replacement for Stuart Brock who broke a bone in his hand before the game with Walsall.
First choice keeper, Tim Clarke, is out for six weeks awaiting an operation and youngster Brendan Murphy is the only other goalie on the books at the club.
Molby says: "We have only got one goalkeeper which is not an ideal situation so I have to bring somebody in on loan.
With no recall permitted within the first month of a loan clubs are unwilling to let their third choice come so you are looking at clubs with four keepers, like those in the Premiership or the top clubs in the First Division.
We have already made a number of inquiries without success and I saw a couple in games yesterday but we are still looking."
Molby revealed the club were investigating the possibility of Brock playing with some sort of protection and talks were being held with a specialist today.
6/9/00...We could have got our own back!
In the draw for the 2nd Round of the Worthington Cup, made late this evening in London, Walsall were drawn against West Ham Utd.
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If the Harriers had won through last night this would have been a chance for revenge after West Ham beat the Harriers 1-0 in the 5th Round of the 1993/94 FA Cup at Aggborough in front of a 8,000 crowd.
Harriers had already shot to national acclaim when they beat Birmingham City, 2-1, at St.Andrews in the 3rd Round.
They then went on to beat Preston NE 1-0 in the 4th Round at Aggborough.
It was in this year also that we won the Conference Championship for the first time, but were denied promotion to the 3rd Division because Aggborough was not up to the very high standards required by the Football League!.
6/9/00...Brock played with broken bone.
Harriers face a goalkeeping problem when it was revealed today that Stuart Brock played in last nights defeat by Walsall with a broken bone in his hand.
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Stuart, who injured his hand during the warm up before the start of the game, has already taken the place of first choice keeper Tim Clarke.
Clarke is out for at least six weeks waiting for an operation on his knee.
The worry now is will Brock play at Barnet this Saturday.
Jan Molby said;
"Brocky fell over coming for a cross in the warm up and he will be sent for a x-ray today.
There's every chance he could play but we will have to wait and see."
Jan spoke about last night's defeat against Walsall and said that he did not put all the blame on Craig Hinton after his mistake gifted Byfield his goal.
He said Hinton was Harriers best player and there were at least four of his team mates who played below the standard we expected.
"Obviously it's a mistake, a throw in with less than 10 minutes to go" said Molby. "Thats one rule we've learnt, not to let centre halves take a throw in".
In tonight's Central Conference reserve game at Hereford, Jan will not risk playing either Scott Stamps (knee) or Ian Foster (hamstring).
They will, instead, do light training on Thursday and Friday.
5/9/00...Team news for tonight.
Harriers assistant manager Gary Barnett say's that the Worthington Cup first round tie against Second Division Walsall could go either way in tonight's second leg at Aggborough.
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The first leg at the Bescot Stadium two weeks ago finished all square at 1-1
"It's going to be an exciting game and it can go either way there's no doubt about that," said Barnett.
"Walsall are scoring goals at a phenomenal rate and we have got to make sure we are ready.
They have had a cracking start to the season and obviously their confidence is very high, but we haven't done so badly ourselves and our lads' confidence is pretty good as well.
I think we saw down at Walsall that there was some good football played by both sides and hopefully tonight it will be another good match.
We might have liked to have penetrated them a bit more at Walsall and hurt them a bit more, but that's not always the case. Sometimes it's just tiring your opponents out by keeping the ball."
Tonights team will be the same that started on Saturday against Carlisle.
Brock, Clarkson, Stamps, Hinton, Bennett, Horne, Bird, Foster, Shail, Bogie, Hadley, Smith, Webb, Ducros, Corbett, Murphy, Pope.
It is thought that Scott Stamps will be out for at least another three weeks with his knee injury, and Ian Foster is nursing a hamstring but shouldn't be out for too long.
Walsall may be missing keeper James Walker, thigh and Darren Wrack, achilles.
If tonights game has not been decided after 90 minutes then away goals will decide, if not there will be 30 minutes extra time followed by penalties if needed.
Tickets are still available for tonight and there will be 'pay on night' for Harriers fans at turnstile C, Bill Greaves terrace.
4/9/00..Jans verdict on Carlisle defeat.
Jan says he was 'bitterly disappointed' with the Reds performance in Saturday's defeat by Carlisle United at Aggborough.
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"We never put them under any sort of pressure and some of our play at times was hard to believe.
They came here and put 11 men behind the ball, but that's what we will face on occasions this season.
"They set their stall out from the start and it got them three points.
The whole 90 minutes was very lacklustre with the game never getting out of second gear, but at least we have nine points from our first five games and we'll keep working and improving."
"It's going to be a long hard season, but I've a feeling we'll be alright at
the end of the day."
1/9/00...Team news for Carlisle game.
Jan Molby will be checking on the fitness of Scott Stamps and Ian Foster before naming the line-up for tomorrow's match against Carlisle United at Aggborough.
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Scott Stamps has a knee injury while Ian Foster is struggling to overcome a hamstring problem, both were substituted during Monday's 2-0 victory at Brighton.
Scott has had a scan on the troublesome knee which has revealed no major damage and he is rated as having a 50-50 chance of being able to play tomorrow.
Stuart Brock will continue in goal in place of Tim Clarke who is out with a knee injury which requires surgery.
Jan Molby said,
"Tim has torn the lateral meniscus in his right knee and he will need an operation.
If everything goes according to plan we expect he will be able to start training at the end of the month.
Obviously, it is a blow for us as Tim is a terrific goalkeeper.
But we are lucky to have two other excellent keepers in Brock and Brendan Murphy."
About tomorrows game Jan said,
"It will be another hard game. Ian Atkins has all his teams playing the same way. They are organised, and work very hard to make it difficult for the opposition.
On Tuesday they contained Shrewsbury quite easily and as the game wore on they got stronger and better and I felt they were good value for their win.
"They have only lost one of their first four games and are obviously hoping to get away from the bottom region where they have spent the last couple of years.
This time it looks as if they have got a team that is capable of at least mid-table safety.
Brock, Clarkson, Stamps, Hinton, Bennett, Horne, Bird, Foster, Shail, Bogie, Hadley, Smith, Webb, Ducros, Corbett, Murphy, Pope.