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Whild: Ignore Edgar Davids show
6:00am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
ASSISTANT manager Gary Whild has told Kidderminster Harriers’ players they must not be distracted by the antics of Barnet boss Edgar Davids and focus on a testing Skrill Premier clash in London.
The Aggborough outfit return to the league after edging out Conference North side Bradford Park Avenue over two games in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round.
They take on a Barnet side on Saturday (3pm ko) who have coped well with their relegation from the Football League and have lost just three times all season.
But the actions of former Champions League winner Davids have grabbed the headlines.
The former Barcelona midfielder has given himself the number one shirt and is also serving a suspension for fouling Wrexham’s Steven Wright.
But with Harriers second in the table and on an eight-game unbeaten run, Whild is keen for Harriers to stay focused.
He said: “Obviously they’ve got Edgar Davids and there’s a few tales about how he does things coming out of the club.
“But in some respects that is just a distraction from what will be a very tough game.”
Striker Michael Gash could return to action as he continues to recover promisingly from a hamstring problem, while Chey Dunkley (knee) also has a chance of featuring.
Mickey Demetriou could start after overcoming his broken wrist.
Marvin Johnson’s game-changing cameo in Tuesday night’s extra-time 2-1 win over Bradford, may have pushed his claim for a place in the starting line-up.
Jack Byrne looks set for a spell on the sidelines after hurting his hamstring, while Anthony Malbon and Amari Morgan-Smith may be doubts with illness and injury.
Manager Steve Burr has threatened to ring the changes this weekend after they were pushed all the way by Bradford, before sealing a place in the FA Cup first round proper against Skrill South Sutton United on Saturday, November 9.
The hard fought victory also pocketed the club £12,500 in prize money.
While Harriers struggled they avoided a cup upset, unlike league rivals Forest Green Rovers and Aldershot, who were knocked out by minnows Bishop Stortford and Shortwood United respectively.
“The most important thing is we are into the first round and looking at what happened to Aldershot and Forest Green Rovers that cannot be taken for granted,” added Whild.
“Bradford deserve a lot of credit for the way they played, if they perform like that in every match they will have the league wrapped up by March.
“But now we’ve got Sutton at home and as we have seen you’ve got to take opposition from lower down seriously.”
Meanwhile, Burr has shot down the idea that managerless Forest Green want him as their new boss.
The Gloucestershire side have been linked with the likes of Tony Adams, Gary Mills and Robbie Fowler.
“It’s the first I’ve heard of it,” said the manager on Tuesday night.
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