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Worcester City boss Carl Heeley wants players to show some pride
WORCESTER City boss Carl Heeley has called on his players to show some pride between now and the end of the season.
There are 11 Blue Square Bet North games to go following last Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing at Halifax.
Although they have slipped to 10th in the table, eight points adrift of the play-offs, Heeley is determined his team are not going to throw in the towel.
He said: “We need to look at these last 11 games and people need to have a little bit of pride and show again what we’ve got in the side.
“We’ve got good characters and I can’t really say we had all those come to the front on Saturday.
“Without going too overboard on individuals there were some who didn’t do enough and they don’t need me to tell them that.
“They have to be honest with themselves and, if they are, they’ll know they haven’t done enough.
“It’s been disappointing for the past two or three months and this has been coming because we’ve lost all the impetus that we had when we looked a threat in every game. We were thoroughly outplayed by Halifax and got a thumping.”
He added: “When things are going against us, I think we’ve got a lack of know-how in certain situations.
“I would never accuse people of not working hard but I don’t think we were smart at times.”
Meanwhile, Mike Symons heads a lengthy injury list that is threatening to leave Worcester with a shortage of fit players.
The 12-goal leading scorer is facing a few weeks on the sidelines after suffering suspected ankle ligament damage against Halifax.
He was due to have an X-ray yesterday but is a major doubt for this Saturday’s trip to Vauxhall Motors as well as the home double-header against Boston United and Gainsborough Trinity the following week.
Winger Danny Edwards and captain Stuart Whitehead also hobbled off with ankle problems at The Shay, while midfielder Matt Birley tore a toenail.
Left-back Shabir Khan and striker Michael Taylor did not travel to West Yorkshire because of illness and centre-half Jacob Rowe was on the bench despite a recurrence of tendonitis in his knee.