HARRIERS travel to Chorley on Saturday with experienced defender Jimmy O’Connor stressing the importance of keeping the team’s momentum rolling.
The reds have steadily picked up a good run of form in recent weeks, the latest result seeing them come from behind twice to draw 2-2 at Harrogate on Tuesday night.
It is a strength of the squad’s character that, rather than being elated at the late point, they were more disappointed not to have taken all three.
But O’Connor wants any such feelings banished from the minds of the squad ahead of the tricky trip to Victory Park.
He insists the right approach and preparation will see the team in with a chance of getting a result against Matt Jansen’s men who have once again kept themselves in amongst the promotion candidates this term.
“It’s a massive part of football to have that appetite to want to learn and still be successful." Jimmy O'Connor
With the league table changing vastly with each passing week and the value of a string of results never more evident, O’Connor spoke to our YouTube channel before the match and was only looking forward.
He commented: “It is important that we prepare right for every game because if we do that, we fancy our chances against anybody really.
“It is all about preparation and you can’t dwell on games that have gone too much – you just keep on moving forward and hope you can pick up three points in the next game.
“You look at league tables up and down the country at this stage of the season and any team says that if you get two or three wins you can be up there, and with two or three defeats you can be down the other end!
“It’s about doing the right things, trying to remain consistent and seeing where that leaves you at the end of the season.”
Harriers, who will run the rule over James Pearson who missed Tuesday’s game with a hamstring issue, will travel to Chorley with few other concerns in that area.
Only Dan Bradley (knee) remains injured as he recovers from minor surgery, while Lee Vaughan’s charge to full fitness continues in training as he makes up for seven months out.
Saturday’s clash continues a busy run of fixtures for the boys in the lead up to the festive period.
That’s proving to be a tough but enjoyable challenge for the whole squad – not least for O’Connor who admitted he’s really enjoying the task of adapting to life at this level after a career in the Football League.
"It’s about trying to remain consistent and seeing where that leaves you....” Jimmy O'Connor
“What a great learning curve for the younger players, he added.
“It’s a challenge, but it is a challenge for all of us, playing on Saturdays and Tuesdays – that’s what it is all about.
“It’s a massive part of football to have that appetite to want to learn and still be successful.
“I have only been here for two months but I have learnt so much about the game from a different view point.
“It has been fascinating and something I have really enjoyed.”
At the time of writing there are no serious concerns about Saturday’s match with regard to the weather.
Chorley officials have confirmed that their pitch will be covered if necessary with a light frost forecast overnight, with any dusting of snow likely to turn to sleet before it can cause any real problems.
Should that change we’ll update you as soon as possible on our social media channels.
Kick-off at Chorley on Saturday is at 3:00pm.
WATCH: O’Connor’s full pre-match video interview on our YouTube channel by clicking the video tab above.
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Jimmy O'Connor pre-match