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Harris setting sights on winning mission at cash-strapped Hereford
TACTICAL Salisbury City boss Mikey Harris insists his side won’t get distracted by Hereford United’s financially ruffled state as they must concentrate on the winning mission in Worcestershire.
In total, City have accumulated 11 points on the road but have conceded 21 points, which has led to seven aching defeats.
But before they succumbed to defeat at Kidderminster, they comprehensively brushed Woking aside at the Kingfield Stadium and are hoping to do the same to cash-strapped Hereford, who have been served a winding up order after failing to pay a £36,500 tax bill.
They are due in court two days after Salisbury’s trip to Edgar Street, and Harris has first-hand experience of the depressing situation they are in.
“They are a good side,” he said.
“It’s important when you win, you follow it up with another positive result. It’s going to be a tough game on Saturday.
Hopefully we will get another run together because if you go eight games unbeaten, like we did earlier in the season, you give yourself every chance of going up the table.
“We played very well when we played them in the TV game, beating them 4-1, and I was very pleased with the performance that day. However, problems off the pitch bring you together on the pitch and galvanize you.
That’s what happened to us when we were in that situation.
“I hope they turn themselves round but we need to concentrate on ourselves.”
Ten home wins has made the Ray Mac a fortress this campaign and lifted City to the play-offs on numerous occasions but they have struggled away, which remains an unknown cause, according to Harris.
“Obviously our home form has been excellent and for some reason most teams do much better at home.”
“But we’ve had some good wins away from home and I look back to those at Lincoln, Nuneaton and Woking, all of which were great team performances.
“I know we’re more than capable of winning away and I hope we can do that on Saturday.”
Many first teamers have recently become available to the head coach, which has given him a much-welcomed selection headache.
The only still out for a foreseeable period is defender Luke Ruddick.
“We’ve been struggling with injuries and working with a squad of 18 or 19 players, which isn’t a huge squad,” he added.
“But you see some of the teams which come here with a huge squad list, as their names go down to the bottom of the programme.
We’ve got a relatively small squad and that’s the way I like it to be honest.
You get a much better togetherness when everyone’s fit and I’ve got some decisions to make. A selection headache is something you want to have as a manager. Hopefully, I will pick the right team and we’ll come away with a result.”