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McDonald seeks vital home win to break hoodoo
10:30am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Sport
OPTIMISTIC Liam McDonald expects Redditch United to end their home hoodoo against Hitchin Town on Saturday.
After four straight away games the Reds will be back on familiar territory and looking for three valuable Calor Southern Premier League points - and equally importantly win a first at the Valley Stadium this season.
McDonald watched his side lose 5-0 at leaders Hemel Hemstead on Saturday but said there were many plus points to be gained.
“It sounds silly but it was probably our best performance of the season,” said the Redditch boss. “Their manager said to me afterwards ‘I can’t believe we’ve beaten you by that many and you haven’t scored’. Against anyone else in the division apart from Hemel I think we would have won we had lots of chances.
“But now it’s important for us to get that first win at home. The lads are feeling the pressure of it a little but I’ve told them if it doesn’t come on Saturday it will come in the next game. The lads just want to put on a performance for our fans and show them what they are capable of.”
McDonald reported only two slight injury concerns, Bairoh Conteh struggling with a tight hamstring and Kyle Patterson still out with a calf injury.
“We performed a lot better at Hemel despite the scoreline and i’m confident we’ll start winning games soon. It was pleasing that we played a lot better as in recent weeks we haven’t been anywhere near our best.
“We probably should have won our last home game against Biggleswade but we snatched at a few chances which isn’t like us.”
Depending on results McDonald says he may make a few changes on Monday when Redditch are in League Cup action at Stratford Town.
He said: “We want to win every game and want to try to keep a settled side but I will look to rest one or two players and gives games to a few lads who need them as well, depending on results.”