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VIDEO: Steve Watson interview

15th February 2019

Manager Steve Watson has highlighted the importance of securing back-to-back victories ahead of Saturday's trip to Kidderminster Harriers in Vanarama National League North (kick-off 3pm).

City moved up to 15th in the table as a result of last weekend's victory over Ashton United and are now seeking consecutive league wins for the first time since January 2018.

Watson said: "We have to put wins and positive results together - not just one every now and again. That was my message as soon as I saw the players again this week.

"We should be pleased with most aspects of our performance (last week). Our finishing could have been a little better but there was a lot that improved on Saturday and we were defensively solid. The shape probably suited us a little bit better too.

"But we are a team that's spent a lot of the season in the bottom third of the league and we have struggled to put back-to-back wins together," he added. "We have to accept when we take a little step forward and I thought it was a step forward.

"I am trying to create a positive environment for players who had been pretty low when I got here. I want them to come out of their shells and play with enthusiasm and confidence," he said.

"When I got here, they were lacking a bit of confidence. I am trying to create a positive environment and that has to start with one win leading to another."

Watson, who also spoke about Macaulay Langstaff's temporary move to Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC, confirmed that he is still looking to strengthen in the transfer market - although no new arrivals are expected ahead of Saturday's game.

"I have two or three in mind, the right type of characters," he said. "But we probably had six or seven players who were not even involved on Saturday.

"In an ideal world, the lads who are not involved - and who are looking to secure futures, whether here or elsewhere by the end of the season - might want to look to go out and get some games as well. That would make it easier for me to bring people in - but I am not going to force anybody out.

"They have to understand that if they are not going to be involved here it might be more beneficial to them going to play some games at other clubs and look towards next season.

"But I am not just going to bring somebody in for the sake of it," he stressed. "I think we have got more than enough here - once we get going, the confidence gets going, and we get people playing to their potential and ability - to do well. If the right player crops up between now and the next sort of week or so, great, but if not we work with what we have got.

"If we can lift everything - the spirits, the confidence, the tempo of play - and add to that result on Saturday, we have got players here that can push on this season," he said.

"I have got to get our players going into Saturday's game absolutely believing that we can go on a run -  otherwise we are not going to get going this season. We have got 12 games left and lots of them are winnable."

Watson confirmed that midfielder Simon Heslop remains sidelined with a knee injury but defender Daniel Parslow (concussion) and midfielder Paddy McLaughlin (hamstring) are likely to come back into contention.

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