Mehew challenges Tigers stars to earn Cup places
THERE will be no coasting from the Gloucester City squad in the run up to next week's historic FA Cup clash with Leyton Orient, not if Tigers boss Dave Mehew has any say in the matter.
The Tigers will welcome League One strugglers Orient to Whaddon Road next Sunday (3pm) for their first FA Cup first-round tie in 23 years, but not before two crucial league games.
Tomorrow's trip to rock-bottom Hinckley United (3pm) is followed by another away trip, to Corby Town on Wednesday night and Mehew wants to see points on the board from both games.
And in order to achieve that goal, he's challenged each and every member of his squad to make sure they earn their place for the crucial cup tie.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, June 30 2013
"If the players want to play in the Leyton Orient game, then they will have to play well in the next two games and earn your place," Mehew said.
"We have two big games coming up, against teams around us in the league and we need to do the business as simple as that."
"It's all about trying to impress me and earn that place in the next two games and if they do that then I am sure we will pick some points up along the way."
Mehew wasn't at training on Tuesday night as he was on an East End scouting mission, watching Orient lose 2-0 at home to Colchester in League One.
But he kept in constant contact with assistant Adie Harris and coach Neil Mustoe, receiving feedback about how the players trained.
The attitude and hunger in training as well as match performances will ascertain who gets starting shirts tomorrow with Mehew finally having some strength in depth in his squad.
The capture on loan of Bristol Rovers pair Mitch Harding and Jordan Goddard as well as the signing of experienced defender Chris Holland have enabled Mehew to shuffle his pack with immediate rewards.
"Having a bit of extra strength in depth allowed me to change the team for the Chippenham game to freshen it up and I got the reaction and performance I wanted," he said.
"There has been a bit of a spring in the step because of what happened, but they also have to realise that our league form is unacceptable.
"As well as we have done in the cup, beating some big experienced sides – our league form hasn't been great and that needs to be sorted out.
"If it's not after the next two games then we have to start having a look at things. Hinckley have only won once all season, but they have a new manager so they'll be keen to impress."
Mehew has allowed young full-back Sam Rawlings and midfielder Matt Liddiard to join Bishop's Cleeve on loan in a bid to get them regular first-team football.
Rawlings made his Villagers' debut in a 2-0 defeat against Shortwood United on Wednesday night, while both are expected to play against Winchester City tomorrow.