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Heeley: We can’t feel sorry for ourselves
11:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
WORCESTER City’s new-look team head to Brackley Town tomorrow (3pm) bidding to register their first Skrill North win of the campaign.
City are yet to get a point on the board following a 3-1 defeat to Altrincham at Aggborough last Saturday and a 2-1 reverse at local rivals Gloucester City on Tuesday.
It is not about to get any easier for Carl Heeley’s side against a team that finished runners-up in the play-offs last season, beating Worcester twice en route, and have won their first two games this term.
But the Worcester manager says he has seen enough from his fledgling team to show there is no reason to panic.
City were the better side for much of the first-half against Altrincham and came within a post’s width of securing a point at Gloucester after Aaron Williams’ late effort struck the woodwork.
“It’s another tough game tomorrow but there are enough positive signs for me,” Heeley said.
“I thought we did very well last Saturday for 65 minutes and then got undone by their extra quality. On Tuesday we should have got something from the game.
“We’re not going to feel sorry for ourselves because we’ve seen enough in the two games.
“There is certainly effort and commitment, the players are having a right go, but we’ve lost the first two.
“We move on, keep believing in ourselves and something will give for us. Instead of Aaron clipping the outside of the post, there will be times when it hits the inside and flies into the back of the net.”
Striker Daniel Nti remains a doubt for the trip to Northamptonshire with his knee injury sustained against Altrincham, while fellow striker Ethan Moore is yet to play because of a groin strain.
Midfielder Elliot Turner has also not featured due to a hamstring problem but Walsall loan teenager Jake Heath could be on the bench again.
Heeley added: “Daniel is still feeling his knee a little bit.
“It’s unfortunate and I think we missed him in the second-half on Saturday and in the game on Tuesday.
“It’s no good trying to play him when he’s not fully fit or we’re just going to be without him for longer.”
Brackley, who have former Worcester full-back Neil Cartwright in their ranks, won 1-0 at Barrow and followed that up with a 3-0 victory over Histon at St James Park on Tuesday.
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