The season had started pretty well considering that we were forced to discard half the squad during the close season and up until Mark Yates left for Cheltenham we were still doing ok. With the appointment of Steve Burr in the New Year we all knew that he would want to bring his own players in but still work with those that he inherited and this he did but we haven't really got any better than when Yates was in charge.
Burr did win the Manager of the Month award for February following his first month here but since then we have looked decidedly poor and the players don't seem to be bothered anymore. Do they feel just as jaded as the fans?
Watching Stevenage and their fans celebrating on Saturday bought it home to me that our players don't have that same kind of camaraderie and that sometimes they would rather be elsewhere. We know that some will definitely be on their way within a few weeks and whether it is to Cheltenham or some other club then good luck to them. It's the ones that are left that we have to worry about and will they be good enough for next season.
Until then we go with what we've got and can only hope that they turn on the style tomorrow night. Just turn anything on and excite the fans for once.
We'll more than likely go with the same starting line-up as against Stevenage although it patently doesn't work. Even something similar doesn't seem to work because we look weak at the back and weak up front and no matter who Burr puts Robbie Matthews with he's not going to move any faster.
I don't think we have any injuries following the Stevenage defeat but Barrow have a few following their home defeat to Salisbury at the weekend. They lost that 1-0 even though City had two players sent off but that happened too late in the game to make any difference to the result. Besides they are now virtually safe from relegation after other results went their way.
Definite no no's for them are Gareth Jelleyman(ankle), Paul Rutherford (knee) and Robin Hulbert (groin). Gregg Blundell (neck) is doubtful.
They beat us 1-0 at their place two weeks ago and David McDermott also received a bad injury there that has forced him to miss the remainder of the season. We also haven't beaten Barrow since their return to the Conference so a win would be sweet and also about time.
Singh, Atkins, Baker, Riley, Bignot, Courtney, Sharpe, Finnigan, Byrne, Kerry, Knights, McPhee, Bennett, Prosser, Smikle, Lawrie, Goodfellow, Matthews.
Deasy, Tomlinson, Spender, Edwards, Jones, Bolland, Bond, Boyd, Walker, McEvilly, Logan, Pearson, Sheridan, Bayliss, Owen, Morris, Brown, Chadwick, Powell, Wiles, Blundell.
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