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24th August 2003 
At Whaddon Rd
25/8/03 3:00pm
After yesterdays disappointing result against Bury, we lost 2-0, we need to make sure we don't let it happen again and get back to our usual form as quickly as possible.

Against Bury we didn't compete in midfield, we lacked guile up front and we lacked concentration at the back.

The worst was in midfield where, from the very first minute of the game, we failed to hold onto the ball and because we hadn't got the ball we couldn't run with it.  Most of our attacking options came from balls over the top from defence and that's not the way we like to play.

As I touched on in my match report we need someone in there with the passing ability and vision of JJ Melligan, quickly.  Adam Willis was bought in for that role but to be honest he doesn't seem to be the answer.  Decent defender, yes, but playmaker, no!

As we were going down against Bury, Cheltenham were about to pull off the shock of the day by taking a 3-2 halftime lead at Hull City.

A hat trick from Damien Spencer earned them that lead but luckily sanity stepped in and it ended up all square at 3-3 but according to most, unbiased, reports of the game it was more like a Sunday League game with a lot of defensive errors from both sides.

We seem to play better away from home so I think we should be able to come away with some kind of result from Waddle Rd.

We had no visible injuries from yesterdays game so should be at full strength again.  It'll be interesting to see if we have a keeper on the bench tomorrow though, too much like tempting fate not to.

Cheltenham recorded no injuries after the Hull game either but they did have John Finnigan and Dave Bird both doubtful before that game and neither of them were there.  They may be fit for our game though.

One old favourite that did make a comeback after injury for them was Richard Forsyth.  Fozzie has been out since last January with back and thigh problems but is now fit again and played for the last ten minutes against Hull.

If he does make an appearance on Monday then he should get a warm reception from the Harriers fans who remember his time at Aggborough.

For those who never saw him play he was a player very much in the JJ mould but a bit more laid back.  Now there's a thought!

There's also Mark Yates too.  We'll gloss over that.


Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Stamps, Gadsby, Coleman, Willis, Ayres, Smith, Hinton, D Williams, Parrish, Flynn, Heath, Bennett, Ward, Shilton, Henriksen, J Williams, Bishop, Lewis.

Cheltenham from:
Book, Higgs, Amankwaah, Bird, Brayson, Duff, Howells, Griffin, Corbett, Brough, Taylor, McCann, Odejayi, Cozic, Buttery, Yates, Spencer, Dobson, Cleverley, Forsyth, Devaney, Duff, Victory, Fyfe, Walker.
Previous games against Cheltenham
Harriers score first
2002 - 03
2001 - 02
0 - 0
1 - 2
2000 - 01
1 - 1
3 - 1

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