Worcester City still to win at St George's Lane in 2013

Worcester News: Worcester boss Heeley baffled by form Worcester boss Heeley baffled by form

MANAGER Carl Heeley says he is at a loss as to why Worcester City can’t win at St George’s Lane.

Monday’s 3-1 defeat to Solihull Moors was played in front of City’s lowest gate of the season — 653 — and was the sixth time they have lost at home in the league this term.

They remain sixth in Blue Square Bet North but having played more games than the teams around them and have now won only once on their own turf in the league since September 15.

Coming just two days after winning at play-off rivals Stalybridge Celtic, Heeley cannot explain his side’s yo-yo form.

The Worcester boss said: “For any of our supporters who saw both games, there was a total contrast of performance.

“The side that played at Stalybridge last Saturday was just unrecognisable to Monday night.

“Collectively and individually, we just can’t perform at home at the moment and it’s very frustrating because we’ve got a core of a side that can do well.

“But, without the consistency or grinding out results back-to-back, you’re always going to be up and down and that’s where we are at the moment.”

Heeley has toyed with the idea of bringing in new players, particularly following the recent spate of injuries, but says erratic displays are not helping his thinking.

He said: “After the Stalybridge game we wanted to string a run of results together but after Monday you could probably change nine players. It’s that lack of consistency that’s a frustration.

“But which players do we need to bring in? You could make an argument for most positions on Monday’s performance but on Saturday we didn’t think we could improve it with the funds we’ve got available.

“It’s just playing mind games with us and it’s incredibly tough to put your finger on why we can’t get any consistency.”

What do you think? Why can’t City win at home?

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2:11pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Andy (Ledbury) says...

I dont think it is the venue that is the issue, rather the Clubs we have been playing against.

Look at the three sides we have gained away wins against recently - Droylsden and Colwyn Bay are bottom three and have virtually lost every single one of their last ten or a dozen games. Stalybridge are in free-fall, and will probably end up in the bottom six. All three are in the bottom-five of recent home form, along with Worcester and Hinckley.

Histon, Vauxhall, Gloucester, Solihull are all Clubs with strong recent away form, so their getting results at SGL is no surprise.

This league is very close, from 4th to 18th, and while Worcester can get results against any other Club on the day, so can others against us.

Jettison any pre-match expectation of home advantage/home wins against lower-placed side. Hard work, commitment and as few errors as possible on the day - home or away - will be the key.

If playing at SGL has somehow become a psychological barrier, treat it as an away game. Muster at a service station at Droitwich before the game, warm-up at the Canal End, switch the home/away dugouts around for a day, play in the green and black kit ... mentally treat the SGL crowd an as away crowd (that should be easy!), ask the away travellers to congregate and sing ...
I dont think it is the venue that is the issue, rather the Clubs we have been playing against. Look at the three sides we have gained away wins against recently - Droylsden and Colwyn Bay are bottom three and have virtually lost every single one of their last ten or a dozen games. Stalybridge are in free-fall, and will probably end up in the bottom six. All three are in the bottom-five of recent home form, along with Worcester and Hinckley. Histon, Vauxhall, Gloucester, Solihull are all Clubs with strong recent away form, so their getting results at SGL is no surprise. This league is very close, from 4th to 18th, and while Worcester can get results against any other Club on the day, so can others against us. Jettison any pre-match expectation of home advantage/home wins against lower-placed side. Hard work, commitment and as few errors as possible on the day - home or away - will be the key. If playing at SGL has somehow become a psychological barrier, treat it as an away game. Muster at a service station at Droitwich before the game, warm-up at the Canal End, switch the home/away dugouts around for a day, play in the green and black kit ... mentally treat the SGL crowd an as away crowd (that should be easy!), ask the away travellers to congregate and sing ... Andy (Ledbury)

2:11pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Andy (Ledbury) says...

I dont think it is the venue that is the issue, rather the Clubs we have been playing against.

Look at the three sides we have gained away wins against recently - Droylsden and Colwyn Bay are bottom three and have virtually lost every single one of their last ten or a dozen games. Stalybridge are in free-fall, and will probably end up in the bottom six. All three are in the bottom-five of recent home form, along with Worcester and Hinckley.

Histon, Vauxhall, Gloucester, Solihull are all Clubs with strong recent away form, so their getting results at SGL is no surprise.

This league is very close, from 4th to 18th, and while Worcester can get results against any other Club on the day, so can others against us.

Jettison any pre-match expectation of home advantage/home wins against lower-placed side. Hard work, commitment and as few errors as possible on the day - home or away - will be the key.

If playing at SGL has somehow become a psychological barrier, treat it as an away game. Muster at a service station at Droitwich before the game, warm-up at the Canal End, switch the home/away dugouts around for a day, play in the green and black kit ... mentally treat the SGL crowd an as away crowd (that should be easy!), ask the away travellers to congregate and sing ...
I dont think it is the venue that is the issue, rather the Clubs we have been playing against. Look at the three sides we have gained away wins against recently - Droylsden and Colwyn Bay are bottom three and have virtually lost every single one of their last ten or a dozen games. Stalybridge are in free-fall, and will probably end up in the bottom six. All three are in the bottom-five of recent home form, along with Worcester and Hinckley. Histon, Vauxhall, Gloucester, Solihull are all Clubs with strong recent away form, so their getting results at SGL is no surprise. This league is very close, from 4th to 18th, and while Worcester can get results against any other Club on the day, so can others against us. Jettison any pre-match expectation of home advantage/home wins against lower-placed side. Hard work, commitment and as few errors as possible on the day - home or away - will be the key. If playing at SGL has somehow become a psychological barrier, treat it as an away game. Muster at a service station at Droitwich before the game, warm-up at the Canal End, switch the home/away dugouts around for a day, play in the green and black kit ... mentally treat the SGL crowd an as away crowd (that should be easy!), ask the away travellers to congregate and sing ... Andy (Ledbury)

2:12pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Andy (Ledbury) says...

Ooops - sorry that came up twice ...
Ooops - sorry that came up twice ... Andy (Ledbury)

7:39pm Wed 13 Feb 13

thebrooksider says...

Does anyone else thing Ellis Deeney lets too many crosses in the box?
Does anyone else thing Ellis Deeney lets too many crosses in the box? thebrooksider

10:24pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Doogie 46 says...

Yes ".......beat Deeney..." seems to crop up too many times in Steve Carley`s reports.
What you can do when you don`t have the ball is as important as what you can do when you do have it - wonder if that gets overlooked.
Yes ".......beat Deeney..." seems to crop up too many times in Steve Carley`s reports. What you can do when you don`t have the ball is as important as what you can do when you do have it - wonder if that gets overlooked. Doogie 46

8:25am Thu 14 Feb 13

Andy (Ledbury) says...

thebrooksider wrote:
Does anyone else thing Ellis Deeney lets too many crosses in the box?
Not me, personally.

There was a phase back in October when we conceded a series of goals down the right side, and those seemed to stem higher up the pitch. Other than the second against Solihull Moors, cant think of many recent goals conceded in that way. Ellis and Tyler add a lot of creativity by going forward, so yes, it could cost us on a rare occasion, but adds much more to the play on balance than it costs. Personal opinion, though.
[quote][p][bold]thebrooksider[/bold] wrote: Does anyone else thing Ellis Deeney lets too many crosses in the box?[/p][/quote]Not me, personally. There was a phase back in October when we conceded a series of goals down the right side, and those seemed to stem higher up the pitch. Other than the second against Solihull Moors, cant think of many recent goals conceded in that way. Ellis and Tyler add a lot of creativity by going forward, so yes, it could cost us on a rare occasion, but adds much more to the play on balance than it costs. Personal opinion, though. Andy (Ledbury)

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