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23rd April 2004 
At Aggborough
24/4/04 3:00pm
There will be no famous green shorts on display this week as Jan starts the first game of his four week touchline ban and will have to watch from the comfort of a seat in the directors box.

This may be a good thing and enable him to see the way the troops play from a different perspective.  He might also pick up on the way that Jesper Christiansen fails to make any runs into space and when he lay's the ball off he then stops for a rest when he should be getting ready for the return ball or getting into a shooting position.

This failing was plain for all to see during last weeks game at Cambridge.  Sadly, when he did get into a position to shoot he fluffed it and we failed to return with all three points.

We're solid enough at the back.  Solid enough to keep Rochdale out but it's still upfront where we're letting everyone down.

Simon Brown also didn't give one of his better performances at Cambridge but it turns out, according to reports, that he was feeling a bit under the weather.  He could be playing his last game for us this weekend unless WBA agree to him staying for the last two games.  Can't see any real reason why not.

Jan Molby said yesterday that he would like to sign Brownie for next season.  I don't know if he meant for a season long loan or permanently but he may have made a mistake by going public with this comment so early.  Other clubs with more clout than us must be watching him closely and we could find our selves missing out on his services.

Dean Keates will be missing again after undergoing surgery on his knee earlier this week and will now be joining Dean Bennett, Kenny Coleman and Adam Willis at the Weston Super Mare convalescent home until the start of the next season.

Those are the only one's missing but there will be a place on the bench for Chris McHale again as Jan starts trying out some new blood.

Our visitors, Rochdale, will be looking to win this game but they'll have to do it without their new signing Grant Holt.  Signed from Sheffield Wednesday in January he has scored some important goals for Dale in their quest to get out of the relegation places, non more so than his brace on Saturday against Orient when they won 3-0 at Spotland, but he'll be out with a dead leg.

They'll be hoping that York City and Carlisle slip up against Doncaster and Mansfield because I can't see them beating us.  If York do the incredible and win it will put them level on points with Dale.

This could be our second double of the season.  We beat them at their place with a Matt Gadsby goal.  I can't see him scoring again but I wonder if Jesper will?


Harriers from:
Danby, Brock, Stamps, Gadsby, Burton, Sall, Hatswell, Jenkins, Murray, Yates, Hinton, Parrish, Brown, Clarke, Ward, Christiansen, Rickards, J Williams.

Rochdale from:
Edwards, Evans, Simpkins, McClare, Griffiths, Burgess, Bertos, Beech, Doughty, Jones, Livesey, Gilks, Smith, Heald, McCourt, McEvilly, Townson, Grand, Patterson, Warner, Redfearn.
Previous games against Rochdale
Harriers score first
2003 - 04
1 - 0
2002 - 03
0 - 0
1 - 0
2001 - 02
4 - 1
0 - 2
2000 - 01
0 - 0
0 - 0

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