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19th March 2004 
At Aggborough
20/3/04 3:00pm
With our fate almost settled now we can start to relax a bit and not worry about where the next goal is going to come from.  Since we beat Swansea six games ago we've scored eleven goals but before that it had taken us fourteen games to reach the same score.

Again this is down to our tougher midfield and defence and the more adventurous shoot on sight policy that we have taken on board.  This I feel is where Ian Foster excels and along with his 'never say die' attitude is one of the main reasons for this upturn in form.

We've got some good players and they've all come good together.

Following the Scunthorpe win we have now risen to fourteenth place in the table and we could go even higher yet if results go our way.  Eleventh place is a possibility.

On the same night as we were beating Scunthorpe Macclesfield were getting their first win in eleven games when they beat Swansea 2-1 at the Moss Rose.  It's this shocking run of results that has seen them plummet to second bottom in the table.

This disastrous run looks to be un-stoppable and their only hope is that they can pick up enough points to climb above either Bristol Rovers or Cambridge Utd, both of whom seem to be going through a bad patch.  Rochdale and Darlington are pulling themselves together now and could soon find themselves climbing the table.

After our game on Tuesday we seem to have come through unscathed and should be at full strength.  I expect to see Adam Murray returning to the side against Macc but I'm not so sure about Stuart Brock.  John Danby gave a good account of himself and I feel that Jan Molby will continue with him for at least two more games before Brockie regains the number one spot.

There was still no sign of Bo Henriksen and I think that his days are definitely numbered now.  The team are playing so well without him that he would find it very hard to break back into the side anyway.

Our other Dane is struggling too but his struggle is in failing to adapt to the English game.  Jesper came here thinking that it would be like playing in the Premiership and he's had a rude awakening.  Next season I think we'll see the best from him.

The usual suspects will be missing again, Kenny Coleman, Adam Willis and Lee Jenkins although Lee did play a major part in a 'behind closed doors' game at Port Vale during the week.

Macclesfield will be coming here hoping to build on their win but I think we'll be too strong for them.

They have a temporary manager at the moment with club stalwart John Askey holding the fort.  Rumours are going round that the ex Port Vale and Hednesford manager Brian Horton is about to take over the reins at the Moss but that will depend upon their ability to stay in the League.

Both Matthew Carragher and George Abbey have an outside chance of being fit for the trip to Aggborough.  Carragher is recovering from a torn calf muscle whilst Abbey has a knee ligament sprain picked up against Darlington.

Steve Macauley is still two weeks away from fitness with a similar injury to Carragher and David Smith has been suffering from back spasms and is very unlikely to play.

I think it's another three points for us this weekend but even if we did only draw then that wouldn't be a reason to end it all.


Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Stamps, Gadsby, Sall, Viveash, Hatswell, Murray, Coleman, Yates, Hinton, Keates, Parrish, Bennett, Ward, Christiansen, Henriksen, Rickards, J Williams, Foster.

Macclesfield from:
Miskelly, Wilson, Potter, Munroe, Harsley, Priest, Tipton, Miles, Widdrington, Whitaker, Carruthers, Welch, Abbey, Little, Robinson, Ross, Carragher, Payne, Parkin, Brackenridge, Carr, Vernon, Askey, Deasy.
Previous games against Macclesfield
Harriers score first
2003 - 04
1 - 1
2002 - 03
0 - 2
0 - 2
2001 - 02
0 - 1
1 - 0
2000 - 01
2 - 1
0 - 1

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