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Strike partnership can only get better - Whild
5:42pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
GARY Whild believes the strike partnership between Joe Lolley and Nathan Blissett is one that can blossom further this season.
The pair have made an immediate impact since coming together this season and Harriers assistant manager Whild is confident they can only get better.
Both players were plucked from the lower regions of Non League football - a region that has served Harriers so well in recent times.
Lolley has proved a real find since arriving from Midland Combination side Littletons and Whild claimed: “He’s a very talented player, but it’s not enough just to have the talent, you have to be able to apply it in match situations and Joe has done extremely well with that since coming in.
“I think he’s scored three times and if he keeps developing, I see no reason why he shouldn’t go higher”.
Whild has a similar opinion of fellow marksman Nathan Blissett who he spotted playing for Sutton Coldfield side Romulus and believes there is a great deal of comparison between him and former Harriers marksman Jamielle Matt, who is now plying his trade at Fleetwood Town.
He claimed: “Bliss came in last season and we probably played him more than we anticiapted.
“But then the Michael Gash - Anthony Malbon partnership began to click and to be honest, Bliss got overlooked a bit, to the point where he went out on loan with Cambridge United.
“He’s a very similar player to Jamille Matt and at the same stage in their respective careers, I thought Bliss was ahead of him”.
The pair are likely to lead Harriers attack again this Saturday against Lincoln City, even though Gash and Malbon are available.
Whild added: ”Joe and Bliss have done well in the last two games in what has been a winning combination and we would be reluctant to change that at the moment”.
Harriers took the decision to give the players a couple of days off this week in the face of a mounting injury list.
However Gash and midfield man Callum Gittings have both responded to treatment and Whild expects both to available to face Lincoln.
Whild claimed: “Lincoln have suffered a little bit of a lull recently and we’re hoping they don’t come out of that this Saturday.
“We’re quite happy with the way things are going at the moment, even though people keep saying to us that we’re not playing at our best.
“When we slipped back to sixth place in the table a few games ago, the same people thought it was a bit of a disaster, but it just goes to show the high standards we’ve set ourselves now”
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