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City look to cement play-off bid during festive period
3:00pm Monday 17th December 2012 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
WORCESTER City are determined to use their latest victory as a springboard for success over Christmas.
Goals from Jacob Rowe and Greg Mills were enough to defeat Bradford Park Avenue 2-0 at St George’s Lane on Saturday and return City to fifth in Blue Square Bet North.
After ending a sequence of five games without a win in all competitions, the aim now is to carry that momentum into Saturday’s trip to Droylsden followed by back-to-back home matches against Gloucester City and Gainsborough Trinity.
Assistant manager Matt Gardiner said: “In our next run of games, we’ve got a target we want to get to at the turn of the year and, if we get there or thereabouts where we think we can be, I think we’ll be in good stead.
“It’s a cliché but you put down your markers at this time of year. Nobody gets promoted or relegated in December. We’ve just got to concentrate on what we can affect and we are going to have that mindset.
“Maybe we’ve concentrated on the table too much in the last few weeks? We need to focus on the next opponents and, for us, that’s Droylsden and we’ve got to get three points.
“It’s always important to win. Much was made of the last few games and not picking up the points but, if you look at that run, I think the Halifax match could have gone either way.
“Chester had that blast for 15 minutes and looked good but, for everyone’s confidence and generally as a club, three points at home and a clean sheet is brilliant.
“We can build again and want to go on another run now.”
Meanwhile, Gardiner reckons Danny Glover could be in line to start at Droylsden following another impressive showing as a substitute, including a second-half assist for Mills.
He also felt the striker’s attitude was typical of the team spirit at the club.
“Danny has been really good,” he said. “We have had to nurse his Achilles and make sure he’s absolutely right but he’s got to be pushing for a start.
“His attitude is spot-on but I think you could say that about the whole squad.
“The subs who weren’t going on were clapping the lads who were coming off and patting the backs of the lads who were going on and that’s a really nice position to be in.
“I want to keep that ethos for the rest of the season.”