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Smith in positive mood ahead of Alvis trip
8:00am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Sport
STUDLEY are on the up despite their League Cup defeat at Stafford Town on Saturday.
Manager Paul Smith says his side were unlucky to lose to a last-minute goal from Dan Brown after they had drawn level through Jack Cresswell cancelling out Morgan Hurley’s opener.
Smith said: “It was a better performance than the last four or five weeks - they had two chances and scored them and but for some good goalkeeping we could have won the game.”
Despite the defeat there were plus points to come out of the game ahead of Saturday’s tricky trip to Alvis Sporting Club (3pm) with the return of Creswell at the heart of his midfield and striker Charisma Agbonlahor.
“We’re desperate to get some games into their legs as they were both looking tired which is understandable.
“Alvis have had some good results and it will be a tough game at their place. Scoring goals has been our problem but hopefully having Charisma back will give the other strikers confidence.
“He is big and strong and different to Andy Nicholl and Connor Deards who are small and quick. We have been a bit one dimensional but he offers us a physical presence, holds the ball up and lays it off for others to play around him.”
Smith said central defenders Richie Lambert and Ryan Gardner are both still out but other than that he has almost a full-strength squad to choose from.
“We are looking quite strong now apart from Richie and Ryan being out and we will go there and look to get something out of the game - that’s the plan.”
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