Gloucester City boss Tim Harris has praised the Tigers’ squad character and commitment in the midst of a spell which has seen City lose their last five matches in all competitions.

Speaking after yesterday’s 1-0 home defeat to Stockport County Harris was understandably unhappy with the result.

“Very disappointed, we’ve had a lot of possession but they’ve taken a chance and we’ve missed a penalty, and that’s the way it’s going at the moment.

“It’s a tough period, we knew it was going to be tough, I’m not going to make excuses but we’ve got so many knocks and the lads are struggling with fitness and we can’t get it settled” said Harris.

City began the game brightly as Luke Hopper won a penalty after he was brought down by Michael Clarke, although replays showed it to be outside the area.

Joe Parker stepped up but his low strike to the bottom-left corner was saved superbly by Ben Hinchcliffe.

Both sides had a couple of chances but it took until the 74th minute for the deadlock to be broken as substitute Kane Felix broke through to drive a powerful shot at goal which beat goalkeeper Jasbir Singh.

Moments later Josh Amis latched onto a wonderful cross from the left by Danny Lloyd but put the ball over from all of four yards.

Craig Reid came on for City and had a shot inside the box saved before his long range effort skimmed over the bar.

Parker’s late volley which went wide was the final chance on 96 minutes as the referee blew for full-time from the resulting goal kick.

Although Harris was disappointed with another loss, he couldn’t criticise his squad.

“I can’t fault the lads’ effort, I think we put another tremendous shift in today and it just wasn’t to be and we’ve ended up losing another game.

“When you lose games of football you’re always worried aren’t you but I think the disappointing thing is again, like last week, we’ve put in a good effort

“We’ve got Joe Hanks who started and was struggling last week and we’ve had to bring him off at half-time and it disrupts things like your pattern but the lads are showing a lot of effort and a lot of character and commitment”.

City now have 13 days before our next game where we host AFC Fylde at the LCI Rail Stadium, and the manager has welcomed the opportunity to prepare for it and patch up his dressing room.

“It’s all about results, we haven’t won in five and we’ve got to pick ourselves up, fortunately now we’ve got a good little break and hopefully we can get some of these people cleared up because it is like casualty in there”

By: Ollie Williams

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