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Harris pleased with ruthless City
NINE games into the season and Salisbury City boss Mikey Harris says he is “pleased” with the way his side have engineered a “ruthless” response to their first three defeats.
The Whites were on a downhill slope when they lost three on the trot on their return to non-league’s top level but have emphatically transformed their fortunes – winning four of their last six matches.
“If you take the Lincoln, Chester and Braintree results and if I was told beforehand you are going to get seven points from those games, I’d have grabbed it with both hands,” he told the Journal.
“When you look at the bigger picture, that’s seven points from a potential nine and I’ll take that all day long. We’re unbeaten in six now and I asked the lads before Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw to keep that record intact and they did.”
“However, we’ve learnt over the first nine games that we need to defend setpieces better. When we went through a run of getting clean sheets, we defended corners, set-pieces and crosses well, but unfortunately didn’t do that on Tuesday.
“The lads are gutted that we didn’t win this home game but it shows how far we’ve come in a short space of time.
“It really pleases me the way we responded to the first three defeats and have been more ruthless, adjusting to the league.”
Next up for Harris’, pictured, men is table-topping Nuneaton Town on Saturday (3pm), and the 28-year-old insists his side will have to be at the top of their game if they are going to depart with a result.
Nuneaton remain unbeaten in Skrill Premier, winning seven out of nine games this season, and top scorer Louis Moult has single-handedly torn teams apart.
Harris added: “They’ve had a fantastic start and are on an unbelievable run, which is probably quite surprising for some people.”
“That shows you that we can compete at this level. We’re going to have to be at the top of our game on Saturday to come away with a positive result.
“We will work hard over the next day or so and who knows, hopefully we can go there and pick up a result.”
“We try to improve and progress as a club every week and we will take that into Saturday.”
The Whites are still without Callum Hart (knee) and Rob Sinclair (groin), but wing-back Luke Ruddick may return.