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City defender wants to finish with a flourish
DEFENDER Graham Hutchison insists Worcester City have no intention of easing up between now and the end of the season.
The centre-half wants the Blue and Whites to make sure of their Skrill North status and then use the rest of the campaign as a springboard for 2014-15.
City have five games left of the current season, starting against Barrow at Aggborough tonight (7.45).
“We’ve got five games left and, until we’re mathematically safe, then we don’t look at it as us being safe,” he said.
“We want to finish as high as we can. As we’ve done so well, we don’t want to settle just for avoiding relegation.
“We really want to push up so we can get a good end to the season and carry that momentum through to next.”
Victory tonight would see City jump above Stockport County into 14th but they would stay below Leamington on goal difference.
Worcester lost 1-0 against the Brakes on Saturday and Hutchison says they have to buck their ideas up in front of their own fans.
He said: “It wasn’t the team we feel we’ve been since the turn of the year. We started off so sloppily and, although defensively we still looked OK, we just didn’t look like we could break them down.
“It was almost like how we were before Christmas. We didn’t play to our strengths and started to do things we don’t usually do. If you stick to your strengths, you win games.
“I think everyone maybe had a bad day and at least we’ve got a game against Barrow where we’ve got an opportunity to put it right quickly instead of having to wait all week.”
Carl Heeley’s side won 1-0 at Barrow last month and will aim for a repeat of that performance to complete the double over the Cumbrians.
“We played them away when they were on their great run and put an end to that. Hopefully, we can do the same,” Hutchison said.
“They’ll have a long trip. I don’t think they’ll be up for the game so hopefully we can take advantage. But we need to make sure first and foremost that we turn up, unlike Saturday.”
Loanee Santiago Aloi could return to the starting line-up, as could Ebby Nelson-Addy, who replaced Aaron Williams at Leamington.