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30th January 2004 
Oxford Utd
At the Kassam Stadium
31/1/04 3:00pm
Jan Molby has admitted his Kidderminster side need to find a cutting edge if they are to put an end to Oxford's unbeaten home record tomorrow.

Ian Atkins' side are the only team unbeaten at home in the Third Division this season and Molby feels that will continue unless his players can suddenly come up with the goals that have eluded them on their travels.

The Harriers boss said he had been generally happy with the way his side had been performing away from home but said they were still lacking the winning mentality he was striving for to drive up the league table.

"We will need a cutting edge tomorrow and that comes with having a winning mentality," said Molby.

"We go away from home and we tend to hope for the best and don't go and put enough in to try and win.

We are happy to dominate, like we did at Bury last weekend, but we don't go looking to win enough.  The one thing that is missing for us at the moment is goals. We need to develop a cutting edge and I am confident it will come.

That said if you look at our record of goals conceded and our record of wins and draws away from home they are not bad.  But we need goals because Oxford will keep our defenders busy tomorrow. They have an excellent home record and are very physical, strong and direct.

The way they play they are capable of pressurising teams even if they are not playing well but if we can deal with that and keep the ball when we have it then I am confident we can cause them problems."

Molby has no fresh injury worries while Oxford will be without suspended giant striker Julian Alsop.

Lee Steele is poised for his first start of the season up front for the Us after recovering from a cruciate knee ligament problem and scoring in a 3-0 friendly win over Hereford this week.

Courtesy of the Express & Star.

Sam Shilton has been released by the club after a mutual agreement that allows him time to look for another team.

So far Burton Albion are leading the race to sign him.


Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Stamps, Gadsby, Hatswell, Jenkins, Murray, Smith, Hinton, D Williams, Parrish, Bennett, Betts, Ward, Christiansen, Henriksen, Rickards, J Williams, Heath.

Oxford from:
Woodman, McNiven, Robinson, Crosby, Waterman, Hackett, Hunt, Steele, Scott, Rawle, Whitehead, Cox, Louis, Bound, Brown, McCarthy, Oldfield, Basham, Foran, Alexis, Wanless, Ashton.
Previous games against Oxford
Harriers score first
2003 - 04
1 - 1
2002 - 03
1 - 3
1 - 2
2001 - 02
0 - 0
1 - 1
2000 - 01

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