Mehew: It's time for the real City to stand up and deliver
DERBY-day victory will be the perfect way for Gloucester City to right the wrongs of their opening day defeat at North Ferriby United.
A 3-1 loss on Humberside saw the Tigers suffer a miserable start to their fifth season of Conference North football, and gave boss Dave Mehew much to contemplate over the weekend.
But Mehew knows that the wrongs of the loss to the Villagers will be forgotten if his charges can be inspired to a third consecutive victory against their closest rivals at Whaddon Road tonight (7.45pm).
"I wasn't pleased with what happened on Saturday, but we just have to draw a line under it and move on," Mehew said.
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"We conceded three poor goals from a defensive point of view, all from set-pieces, which is particularly disappointing as it's not like us to do that.
"The first two were unfortunate but the third was an individual error and errors from the team as a whole as we had seven back and one of three attackers got a free header.
"We know we need to improve upon that in time for tonight's game and we had a long chat after Saturday to put things right, and there is no better game than a derby to do that in."
Aware that their hosts would fly out of the traps on their first foray into Conference football, Mehew was pleased with the way his side hit back after going a goal behind early on.
Scott Wilson cancelled out Danny Clarke's sixth minute opening goal with a tenth minute strike that should have seen City grow into the game.
But goals from Nathan Jarman and Nathan Hone on the stroke of half-time gave the Villagers a lead that City never looked like eating into.
"We huffed and puffed in the second half but we never really looked like getting back into the game, which again was disappointing," Mehew said.
"The idea to go with three in central midfield was for us to take control of that area and we didn't do that all afternoon.
"What it has done is make it very easy for me to bring Lewis Hogg back into the side after his ban, and that should be a warning to every single player.
"I have got enough options in my squad to mean that no individual player can be guaranteed his place in the team so they have to perform, starting with the Worcester game."
Hogg is back from suspension and will take his place in the side and look to replicate the stunning performance he gave in City's 4-2 win over Worcester on New Year's Day.
He could replace former Arsenal trainee Edge, who Mehew believes may take time to acclimatise to the rough and tumble of Conference football.
"Jamie knows that it's a work in progress and it may be best to take him out of the odd game here and there, but it's the same case with Darren Mullings after his injury.
"I want players to have to perform well to be sure of keeping their shirts, and they all know that they need to start doing that – starting with tonight's game."