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City keen to get back to winning ways
12:10pm Friday 14th December 2012 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
WORCESTER City are determined to end a run of five matches without a victory when they entertain Bradford Park Avenue tomorrow (3pm).
Since thrashing Hinckley United 5-0 on November 3, City have drawn twice and lost three, the latest being a 1-0 reverse to Halifax in Blue Square Bet North last Saturday.
They have been beaten by Chester and drawn with Workington in the league as well as losing to Altrincham in the FA Trophy.
Although City are seventh in the table and just two points shy of the play-offs, manager Carl Heeley is desperate to break the sequence.
“We need to win a game as soon as possible,” he said. “We are in a good position but have to stop focusing on the big picture. We need to concentrate on the next game.
“Forget about play-offs, league tables and what’s going to happen over the Christmas period, we have to channel all our efforts into getting that win on the board quickly.”
Bradford are riding high in fourth following three successive wins and salvaged a 2-2 opening-day draw with City in Yorkshire.
On that occasion, Worcester saw their 2-0 lead, given to them by Mike Symons and Rob Elvins, wiped out in the last 15 minutes.
Heeley added: “It’s going to be another tough game, they don’t get any easier. In the first fixture of the season, we were by far and away the better side in the first-half and should have run away with the match.
“But Bradford finished very strongly. They are above us in the league and are another one of the top sides we are striving to knock over. We remain positive and I am sure a win is not far away.
“We are not going to run away with leagues, we know that, but realistically we are a decent, competitive team.
“There’s not been a fixture in the league all season we haven’t given a good account of ourselves.”
On-loan centre-half Graham Hutchison was due to return to training last night after missing Tuesday’s session as a precaution having suffered double vision against Halifax.
Captain Stuart Whitehead (thigh) and midfielder Matt Birley (knee) are improving and back in light training.
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