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Harris to lock horns with Netherlands legend
SALISBURY City boss Mikey Harris insists he is looking forward to pitting his wits against legend Edgar Davids on Saturday – but is purely focusing on the game, not the occasion.
Harris will line-up alongside Davids’ Barnet inside the Hive arena (3pm), with the hosts having not won since their victory over Hyde at the end of August.
Harris, however, is hoping his fourth-placed Conference Premier side can make it three wins on the bounce.
“We’ve got to be at our best if we’re going to return from Barnet with a result,” he said.
“Edgar Davids is a legend. He is certainly someone I’ve enjoyed watching when I was growing up and its part of the job coming up against these types of people.
“But for me the sole focus will be on the game and trying to get a result.
“It will only be a good dayout if we get a positive result. We will go there full of confidence, come up with a game plan and hopefully come away with something.”
Salisbury travel to London in high spirits following a convincing performance over Hyde on Tuesday, which left Harris “pleased”.
He added: “I was always confident we were going to get the goal.
“We do our research on teams and we knew that Hyde are a very good side and I believe their position is a false one.
“I knew they were vulnerable in the last 10 minutes of games and that’s how we set-up on Tuesday.
“It’s very pleasing to see the lads applying themselves to the game-plan and getting their just rewards.
“It’s a case of being patient sometimes but I was more than confident the goal was going to come.
“We had to be playing well to get the points and it was nice to get the clean sheet.”
Not travelling with the squad to north London is defensive coach Chris Giles, who has now left the club to pursue other plans abroad.
Harris paid tribute to long-serving Giles for his help since the day he was hired as Salisbury boss.
“Chris has been fantastic," he added.
"I pulled all the lads together on Saturday at Nuneaton and we gave him a good send off.
“When I took the job on I was on my own which was a lonely place first up.
Choosing him as assistant manager was a difficult decision and I knew Chris wasn’t going to be there permanently, but helping me out until Warren Feeney came along was fantastic.
“Between us three, and James Bittner, we have a strong coaching team and Chris will be missed. I don’t anticipate we will bring anyone in to replace him.”