Tigers fired up for visit of unbeaten leaders
GLOUCESTER City boss David Mehew plans to shuffle his pack for tonight's home match against unbeaten Skrill North leaders Brackley Town.
The Tigers return to Whaddon Road after back-to-back treks north to face Barrow and Workington on the past two Saturdays.
They were solid, but toothless at Barrow when they returned south with a point after a goalless draw.
But at Workington three days ago they produced a much improved attacking display, but shipped four goals in their 4-2 defeat.
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"I was pleased with the performance on Saturday and it was probably our best attacking performance at Workington, but we were caught out and had a gap between the defence and attack," Mehew said.
"I don't think we've conceded three goals from outside the box before in my time as manager here.
"Two were shots right in the corner and the third knocked the stuffing out of us and (goalkeeper) Mike Green has held his hand up for that one and admitted he should have done better.
"At the start of the second half it was 2-2 and we were well on top, but one error gave them a goal out of nothing and they then had confidence and deservedly went on to win it.
"It wasn't the worst performance from us, but if you let in four, the chances are you are going to lose."
City now have two home games followed by one back on the road against teams flying high in the early standings.
After tonight's Brackley test, they face fifth-placed Boston United on Saturday before making the trip to Altrincham next Tuesday.
They will then play Skrill South club Havant and Waterlooville at home in the FA Cup second qualifying round on Saturday week.
"We now have two home games against teams bang in form, but we tend to do well in these types of game," Mehew said.
"They will obviously be tough games, but we can raise it and give them a game, without doubt.
"Brackley are undefeated, so there is some extra incentive there, trying to become the first to beat them and we won at their place last season, so we can draw some strength from that."
Mehew welcome defender Mike Green and midfielder Matt Groves back onto the bench at Workington and both are set to be among the substitutes again tonight.
Centre-half Matt Coupe serves the last of his three-match ban for his red card against Worcester City.
That means Tom Hamblin will make his final scheduled appearance in yellow and black, having been drafted back in to cover during Coupe's absence.
Hamblin has already had his City leaving party due to relocating to London because of his job.
City's FA Cup tie will most likely take place on Sunday, September 29 due Cheltenham Town's home game with AFC Wimbledon the day before
It will be the first meeting between the two since the Hampshire side defeated the Tigers in a FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round replay at Meadow Park 3-2 in November 2000, they currently lie 16th in their division.
Last season, the Tigers reached the FA Cup First Round Proper for the first time in 23 years, losing to League One outfit Leyton Orient 2-0 at Whaddon Road.