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Carl Heeley: It’s time to stand up and deliver
MANAGER Carl Heeley insists Worcester City have to start delivering results now if they are to stand a chance of reaching the Blue Square Bet North play-offs.
City are down to ninth in the table following the 4-2 derby defeat at Gloucester City on New Year’s Day, which was their second loss in a week against the Tigers.
Although Worcester are only two points behind fifth-placed Halifax, they have played five more games than the Yorkshiremen.
Heeley believes his side’s performances have merited better but knows their profligacy in front of goal and defensive frailties cannot continue.
“We’ve got to start taking on board the instructions and being a bit mentally stronger because, if we can do that, we’ve got a chance,” he said.
“But how many times do you use the word ‘if’? We’ve got to start delivering.
“We’ve been the better side clearly in both of the games (against Gloucester) but it isn’t about creating chances, you’ve got to score them and stop the other team scoring.
“We haven’t done that so on that front we didn’t deserve to get anything.
“It’s a frustration but I’d be more worried if we weren’t creating any chances at all because that would be a major problem.
“We can progress and improve. We should be in a far stronger position than we are, based particularly on the games we’ve lost, but it is frustrating and sometimes it leaves you scratching your head.
“Looking at the two games we’ve had against Gloucester, I am baffled as to how we are pointless.”
He continued: “We’re in a reasonable position. I feel we should be in a better one but we’re not.
“Matt (Gardiner) and I need to have a look at ourselves to see if there’s anything we can do slightly differently to try and eradicate what’s going wrong.”
Worcester switched to a 4-3-3 system for the Whaddon Road clash and, despite the result, the Worcester boss did not feel it was a complete disaster.
Heeley added: “It’s about winning games and we’ve didn’t win so, from a formation point of view, I’d say it didn’t work but there were moments in the game that were key.
“If we’d taken half the chances we created in the first-half, then it would have been brilliant but we didn’t and capitulated.”