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Mehew is keen that City make a fresh start

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 21, 2012

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POSITIVITY will propel Gloucester City and boss Dave Mehew into action against Colwyn Bay tonight (7.45pm) as the Tigers kick-off the second third of their season.

Sunday's 1-0 reverse against Chester FC completed the first of three 14-game chunks in the Blue Square Bet North season for the Tigers.

City competed well for large swathes of the game, but as in their FA Cup defeat to Leyton Orient were made to pay by the visitors' ruthless approach in front of goal.

And after only garnering 13 points from their first 14 league games Mehew will be asking for a much healthier return, starting with the visit of the men from North Wales.

"The lads know that it hasn't been good enough so far," he said. "I have always split the season into thirds and 13 points from our first 14 games has not been good enough.

"We need to improve on that, pushing towards 20 points. We've had some tough games in the opening period and we've had some dodgy luck, but you can't keep using that as an excuse.

"We've put in good performances in our last two games, but I will start to get worried if we are unable to get points from the likes of Colwyn Bay.

"We won five home games on the trot and now we've narrowly lost three games against good teams, so it's not a time for any doom and gloom.

"It's a new run of 14 games and we are going into it with a positive mindset, and we know that the sooner we can get points on the board the better."

Mehew is set to welcome defender Chris Holland back into the side from an ankle injury, while Lewis Hogg will be available despite picking up his third red card of the term on Sunday.

Although clearly annoyed by his midfielder's third indiscretion of the season, Mehew is backing 30-year-old Hogg to, finally, learn his lesson.

He said: "I think Lewis feels that it was a little bit harsh, but you can't defend him.

"We will now deal with that in-house and he will be hit in the pocket and that's the only way he's going to learn.

"We need Lewis Hogg playing. Others had the opportunity to play when he was last out of the team but they didn't do it.

"With Darren Mullings out all season we need Lewis Hogg with us. The only way he will learn is by being hit in the pocket as he won't be playing so he won't be paid."

Holland is set to have a late fitness test on his ankle problem, while Mehew hopes that forward Will Morford has shaken off a back problem.

"We trained last night and some of the players had to prove to me that they were fit and ready to play," Mehew said.

"Chris Holland is having a late fitness test but he should be fine."

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