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New boss Tim Harris wants to add fresh faces to struggling Gloucester City squad

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 02, 2014

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NEW Gloucester City boss Tim Harris is ready to bring in new players in his bid to steer the Tigers away from the drop zone.

The 54-year-old made notes from high up in the directors box as play-off hopefuls Solihull Moors edged a narrow 2-1 victory – to leave the visitors with just one win from their last ten Skrill Conference North games.

“The lads have worked extremely hard and looked very committed – but the bottom line is that it’s not good enough,” Harris said.

“We haven’t got a lot of time and we have to get results. For all the effort and the commitment shown, they really didn’t create a lot of chances and the goal came from a set-play.

“It was a great effort but I can see that there is a lot of work to be done.”

The former Newport County director of football, who has returned to his home club after a five-year spell in South Wales, saw the Tigers make the worst possible start, conceding an own goal inside two minutes.

He said: “It doesn’t really help when you go 1-0 down in the first couple of minutes and you are thinking ‘what’s going on here?’

“It’s difficult when you get into a habit – losing is a habit just like winning is – and it showed that they have not won enough games of late.

“It is the first time I have seen them of late but I have seen them three or four times this season so it’s not as if I don’t know the characters or the players.

“Until Solihull got their second goal we were in the game and possibly a little bit unfortunate not to have gone in front.

“But that’s what happens when you are down the bottom – things go against you. We have to grow up, take it on the chin and move on very quickly.

“I said to the lads that the last thing I want to do is to make wholesale changes but if I have to then I will do.

“They are not a bad side but they need some belief in their own ability and that comes down to confidence – and if you don’t win games you don’t gain in confidence, it’s a viscous circle.”

City face a crunch relegation six-pointer with Histon at the Abbey Business Stadium on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

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