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By Tim Clarke Thursday 03 January 2013 Updated: 04/01 12:00
WORCESTER City manager Carl Heeley has warned his players they have to start delivering after their play-off ambitions suffered a setback over the festive period.
Back-to-back defeats against local rivals Gloucester City - including a 4-2 New Year's Day loss at Whaddon Road - has seen Worcester slip to ninth in Blue Square Bet North and lose ground on the top five.
City enjoyed long spells of dominance in both clashes against the Tigers but were ruthlessly punished for not converting a host of chances.
And Heeley believes his side have to start showing greater mental toughness as they look to try and close the gap on fifth placed FC Halifax Town who are two points clear of City and with the luxury of five games in hand.
"We have to start taking on board the instructions and being a bit mentally stronger because if we can do that we have got a chance - but we have got to start delivering," Heeley said.
"We have been the better side clearly in both the games but it isn't about creating chances - you have to score them and you have to stop the other side scoring. We haven't done that in both the games so on that front we don't deserve to get anything. It's a frustration but I would be more worried if we were not creating any chances at all."
City were boosted by the return of Danny Glover who made his first start on New Year's Day since recovering from an Achilles injury and looked Worcester's most potent threat.
"Danny is a good player and you could see he is sharp. What I like about him is he is the first in the changing room to put his hand up and say he should be scoring one on one. Credit to him for that. Maybe if we did get that first goal it would have been different," Heeley said.
City now head to fourth-from-bottom Colwyn Bay on Saturday looking for a repeat of last season's 2-0 victory on the north Wales coast to get their play off push back on track.
"We can go and win anywhere, it's just about putting it together on the day at both ends of the pitch and if we can do that we will have a strong second half to the season," the City boss added.
"But we can't keep talking about it - players have to go and deliver and I need to have a look at myself and Matt Gardiner (assistant) does as well and see if there is anything we can do slightly differently to try and eradicate what is happening."
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