Mehew hits out at doom merchants
STOP moaning and get behind us until our luck changes, that's the message from Gloucester City boss Dave Mehew ahead of tomorrow's daunting trip to Blue Square Bet North pace-setters Guiseley.
Mehew has seen his side fall foul of refereeing decisions in their last three games – decisions that have consigned the superb opening-day victory at Gainsborough Trinity to the back of players and supporters' minds.
Solihull Moors were the latest beneficiaries of what Mehew believes is an appalling lack of fortune as a penalty that never was earned Marcus Bignot's men a point on Bank Holiday Monday.
Clearly irked by the reaction that followed Monday's game, Mehew has called on everyone at the club to unite and work towards getting City's season back on track in Yorkshire tomorrow (3pm).
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"I don't think Lady Luck has been on our side and I am a bit disappointed with all the doom and gloom that was around on Monday," Mehew said. "We drew a game of football, that is all.
"If you look back and see the video, it was never a penalty and there is nothing I can do as a manager if a referee makes a poor decision like that.
"I think it's fair to say that we've not had any luck in the last few games, but we've just got to dust ourselves down and get on with it.
"The doom and gloom around when we've had a draw with a team with quite a lot of experience was unbelievable.
"I can't make referees make the right decisions and in the last two games they've made the wrong decisions.
"And the expectations of some of the people at the club are far too high for the budget we've got.
"I still think we are good enough to be a top ten team, but we just need to get some of our key players back from injury."
That injury crisis is easing slightly with goalkeeper Mike Green almost ready to compete properly with youngster Conor Thompson for the number one shirt.
But with Adam Mann (broken metatarsal) and Tom Hamblin (hamstring) still sidelined, Mehew has acted to strengthen his squad.
He has agreed a deal with Forest Green Rovers for the services of versatile youngster George Washbourne, and the 18-year-old could debut at Guiseley.
"We've not conceded a goal in open play yet, but it will be nice to have the defensive players available to have competition for places," Mehew said.
"Dave Hockaday has done us a really good deal with George, who is a young left-sided player.
"I've been speaking to a host of other clubs, but either the players I want are unavailable or the clubs want too much money for players with no first-team experience."
Like everybody involved with the club, Mehew will have a keen eye on Tuesday evening's planning committee meeting at Gloucester City Council.
He is hoping that it will signal the start of a good news period, with a new contract also in the offing for the man who made Blue Square Bet North football a reality.
"We need a lift and that will hopefully be given to us on Tuesday. I am also hoping that we can get my new contract sorted out as well," Mehew said.
"So hopefully there will be a few positives on the horizon, starting with Guiseley on Saturday as we're more than capable of beating them. We proved that by beating them last year."