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Robust Reds delight Burr
8:00am Thursday 4th October 2012 in News
STEVE Burr has been thrilled by rejuvenated Kidderminster Harriers’ new found resilience.
The manager was full of praise for his team after their fine 3-0 win over Macclesfield in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
The victory, their first at home since April, was built on a solid all-round performance with centre backs Josh Gowling and Chey Dunkley standing out.
After a leaky start to the campaign, Harriers are now a tough nut to crack and have only conceded six goals as they carved out a seven-match unbeaten run.
He said: “I was really pleased with the way we defended against Macclesfield, particularly in the first half.
“They came out and attacked from the start but credit to the lads they could not find a way through.
“Defending is part of the game which sometimes get overlooked but that win was built on it.
“Josh Gowling and Chey Dunkley have done very well, as have Mickey Demetriou and Lee Vaughan but the team had to defend as a unit and I thought we did that.
“Now we feel we can go to most places and keep the opposition at bay.”
With Harriers on a high after back-to-back wins, which clawed them out of the bottom four, Burr now wants the goals to keep flowing.
The Aggborough outfit had struggled up front but famine turned to feast as they scored six goals in two matches.
That has been largely down to the form of striker Ryan Rowe, who has hit the back of the net four times.
Now Burr wants Rowe and his fellow strikers Anthony Malbon, Nathan Blissett and Richard Peniket to lead the way.
“The other important factor was goals, and to make it six in two games was also very pleasing,” added the manager.
“Ryan Rowe did well again and I want him, Anthony Malbon and Nathan Blissett to hit the target and get high in the scoring charts.
“I want to open the paper on a Sunday and see my strikers up there with the best of them.”
Harriers now face bottom two sides over the next seven days as they look to build more momentum. They go to Ebbsfleet United on Saturday (3pm ko) and then entertain Hyde, who prop up the table, next Tuesday (7.45pm ko).
New signing Adam Watkins, who joined Harriers last week on a month’s loan from Luton, will be pushing for a start after a promising cameo on Saturday.
He and James Vincent have both been selected for the England C squad which tackles Albania under-21s away on Tuesday, October 16.
Meanwhile, Rowe is expected to have shaken off a niggly ankle injury in time for Saturday’s trip to Kent.