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Home form a concern for City boss

By Geoff Berkeley Monday 04 February 2013 Updated: 04/02 16:37

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Buy photos » City manager Carl Heeley has admitted his side's struggles at home are beginning to play on the mind of some of his players. Picture by Rob Bazley.

MANAGER Carl Heeley says Worcester City's struggles at home are beginning to affect his squad after picking up only a point against mid-table Vauxhall Motors at St George's Lane.

The 2-2 draw was the eighth time in nine Blue Square Bet North games City have failed to secure all three points on home soil.

And Heeley admitted the slump in form, which has included defeats to local rivals Gloucester and struggling Histon, has led to some players suffering a dip in confidence.

"We're struggling at home at the moment," he said.

"It is a strange one because if you look at us away from home in recent weeks we look a totally different side.

"But we spluttered today. You can't do much about their first goal as it was a brilliant finish, but the second goal was from an individual error. We have just lost a bit of belief on home soil."

He added: "We have had spells when we have been poor away and then we have had spells when we couldn't win at home.

"If I could put my finger on why this is happening then we could solve it straight away. It appears that it is starting to play on our minds a little bit."

Meanwhile, Heeley has revealed he may have to bring in some new faces after Greg Mills, who was carried off with a pulled hamstring against the Motormen, became the latest name on City's injury list.

Tyler Weir and keeper James Dormand are also out, while defender Shabir Khan is on international duty with Pakistan.

"It might be something we'll have to consider due to the number of injuries we have got," Heeley added.

"Greg has been a big player for us, but injuries are part and parcel of the game.

"It is frustrating but we cannot do anything. It gives opportunities for other lads, but we are light on numbers and that is something we might need to consider."

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