Gloucester City: Mehew hopes he can open the champagne
GLOUCESTER City can use their battling spirit and newly-discovered lucky streak to gain a 'champagne result' at FC Halifax Town tomorrow, according to boss Dave Mehew.
The Tigers rediscovered their luck during Stalybridge Celtic's visit to Whaddon Road last week, hitting back from 2-0 and 3-2 down to prevail 4-3 with a 93rd minute winner.
The result ended a five-game winless streak and instilled a sense of confidence in Mehew's men ahead of tomorrow's daunting trip to The Shay.
"All credit to the boys last week, when Stalybridge scored their second goal from an error last week, I began to think the worse," Mehew said.
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"I don't think we've had too much of what Lady Luck offers this season so far, but we got that back a bit last week.
"Credit to the boys because they could have wilted, but they didn't and that is a really good sign.
"Halifax are a good side, they have had a decent start , but we are used to playing good sides as we've played five of the top eight teams – so we have had a hard start.
"But we always get one big champagne result away from home per-season and we got a point up there last season.
"If we can get that then we will be right back on track as to where we wanted to be at this stage of the season.
"Scoring so late last week has put us in a really good frame of mind and all things ended well last week.
"We drew a line under what had happened in previous weeks and we were able to take advantage of some luck for the first time this season."
Mehew will have to contend without the services of summer recruit Lewis Hogg tomorrow as the industrious midfielder serves a one-match ban.
The City boss will use the trip up the M1 to ascertain who replaces the former Bristol Rovers and Bath midfielder, as he has options in an otherwise fully-fit and available squad.
He also revealed that a number of stern 'discussions' had taken place with members of his squad in advance of the Stalybridge game as he looked for improved performances.
One of those conversations was with forward Steve Davies, who scored the City equaliser after eventually entering the field as a substitute.
"I haven't been happy with a few of them, and Steve Davies was one and I was going to leave him out.
"Then Ben Hunt got injured in the warm-up at half-time and he would have been on before him.
"And Davo came on and reacted well to a discussion we had before the game and got his rewards
"I can't change when they go over the white line and for them to dig out the result was really pleasing."