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22nd october 2001 


  • york city (home ko 7:45pm)

    Although I hate to say it, tomorrows match against York City could well see the eventual loss of Jan Molby as manager of Kidderminster Harriers.

    If we win, and I hope we do, then at least Jan will have gotten himself a stay of execution.

    If we lose then I expect that Lionel will find a letter on his desk on within the following few days.

    It isn't turning out the way we wanted is it?. It reminds me of the final months of Graham Allners tenure of the Aggborough hotseat.
    At first Jan's enthusiasm for the job was there but in the last week or so it has visibly disappeared.

    By all accounts he would rather have been anywhere other than Brunton Park on Saturday.

    So how will it get better?

    Christ knows! for all we know Jan drums it into our strike force in training that their job is to stick the ball into the back of the net, or at least look as if they are going to.
    Then they get out on the turf and forget all that has been said.

    So who gets the blame? Jan.

    Or is it Jan's tactics of continually changing the front line around so they don't get used to playing together.
    He plays Larkin and Broughton together for the previous three games and you can see that that system is starting to work and the goals will eventually come.
    And then for the Carlisle game he sticks Larkin out so wide he could have been playing on the moon.

    Again, at the end of the day Jan will get the blame.

    So tomorrow, Jan, if you want to stay in the job make sure that Broughton and Larkin go all out for goals. To run, chase and pressurise Yorks defenders for 99.9% of the game.
    And for you to make sure that you play the formation thats going to achieve that aim.

    Anything less than a cricket score will not do against a York side who are only three points above us.

    So who will be out there for us?

    Stuart Brock will be back in goal after his enforced layoff.
    Eric Nixon, who could not be faulted in his time here, has now returned to his day job at Tranmere.

    The rest of the team should be similar to the ones who went to Carlisle with the only doubt being Adie Smith, who has a groin injury.
    Mark Shail, who was on the bench, will probably stay there if he recovers from his knee injury, (picked up in training?).

    Upfront I expect Ian Foster to be included as Jan will try the more successful 4-3-3 formation at home.

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Murphy, Joy, Stamps, Medou-Otye, Clarkson, Sall, Hinton, Smith, Blake, Williams, Shail, Bird, Davies, Bennett, Shilton, Doyle, Foster, Hadley, Broughton, Larkin, Ducros, Corbett.

    Like us, York have not had the best of times recently.

    Although they've lost more games than us, seven to our six, they are higher up the table due to us drawing more times than winning, five to their two.

    They picked up a good three points on Saturday at home to Southend in their 2-1 win but by all accounts the first half performance was a shambles. So it's not just us.

    The second half was much improved with the winner being scored by Michael Proctor, the young striker on loan from Sunderland.

    They picked up a few injuries in that game though and expect to be fielding a much depleted side tomorrow.

    Matt Hocking, Richard Cooper and Lee Nogan all received knocks and look doubtful for the game.
    Add those to the others on the list, Nick Richardson, Darren Edmondson, Graham Potter and John Fielding, and it looks like being a weakened side.

    Their one plus point will be the return of Mike Basham after a one match ban.

    York (from): Fettis, Maley, Stamp, Smith, Hocking, Cooper, Hobson, Brass, Bullock, Fox; Nogan, Salvati, Proctor, Howarth, Wood, O'Kane, Duffield, Mathie, Thompson, Emmerson,

    So turn up and lets get behind the lads. Sing out and will them to win.

    If we lose the consequences will be too much to bear.

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