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Burr wants more goals ahead of Grimsby test
EIGHT matches, no victories and just three points from a possible 24 makes grim reading for Kidderminster Harriers.
Having been one of the favourites to do well this season — a tag borne out of sixth-placed finishes in each of the past two campaigns — Harriers find themselves propping up the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Their dismal start has certainly taken most by surprise, not least the Aggborough club themselves as they bid to win at the ninth time of asking when they host Grimsby Town tomorrow (3pm).
Steve Burr admits he is in unchartered waters as a manager but retains faith in his players and is determined to revive Harriers’ fortunes.
“It’s not something I have experienced before but we have got to try and turn things around — and the sooner the better,” the Harriers boss said. “We have got to turn the draws into wins. I am concerned that we are not winning.
“The performances have been a lot better than the results have shown and I don’t think we have had much luck in the last couple of games but it’s up to us to keep working hard.”
He added: “It’s plain to see we are not scoring enough goals and that doesn’t help because then you can find yourselves in trouble.
“Most of my sides have managed to score goals but at the moment we are not getting them from all areas of the park.
“I have got to try and deal with it and get us back to winning and pushing up the league.
“With the young squad we’ve got it’s effected players with their confidence. We felt we had a better squad this year but the results haven’t shown that.”
Burr added: “I have every confidence that if they keep working hard the results will come.”
Harriers will be forced into at least one change from last Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Southport after Kyle Storer underwent surgery on his knee.
He is expected to be out for eight to 10 weeks and, following Jack Byrne’s Achilles injury, is the second midfielder facing a long-term lay-off.
That could open the door for new signing Manny Panther, while fellow midfielder James Vincent comes into the game having helped England ‘C to a 2-1 International Challenge Trophy victory in Belgium on Wednesday.
Defender Mike Williams is struggling to be fit for the Grimsby clash after injuring his ankle.
In-form Grimsby beat early pace-setters Forest Green 1-0 at Blundell Park last Saturday with a Nathan Pond goal, stretching the Mariners’ unbeaten run to six matches.