Gloucester City goalkeeper Jasbir Singh says that he is looking forward to seeing some old faces when his former club Kidderminster Harriers visit Whaddon Road tomorrow.
Singh, 27, was signed by the Tigers from Kidderminster in May 2015 following a successful loan spell where he impressed the fans and boss Tim Harris alike.
“You are looking forward to these games because you do have a soft spot for these teams, it was the same last year when we went back to Solihull Moors” said Singh.
“Even though I didn’t play a lot for Kidderminster the club still means a lot to me and I’m looking forward to seeing some old faces.
When we played up there earlier in the season I got a nice reception so hopefully I’ll get another good reception again on Saturday.”
With the biggest attendance of the season expected at Whaddon Road, Singh admitted that it gives the players something extra to play for when they put on a show in front of larger crowds.
“I think for all the lads it’s better in front of bigger crowds really” said Singh. “Sometimes when we play at Cheltenham and away teams don’t bring many fans it can be hard for the younger lads to get going.
“When we come out of the tunnel and see the Salford, the FC United and the Stocport fans who have travelled in numbers it gives you a little buzz and hopefully we get the same on Saturday and the lads can deliver.”
With the Tigers having one of the youngest average age of a squad in the National League North, Tigers boss Tim Harris will be looking for Singh to be an experienced head on the pitch.
Harris said: “I don’t think there’s any doubt that the experience of Jaz will help him and the team through the game. I think the fans, myself and the staff know how good he is and how well he’s done for this club.
“He’s a consummate professional and he won’t be thinking about anything else other than getting a clean sheet and getting the win for Gloucester City.”
The Tigers hopes of sneaking into the play-offs look all but gone as they sit eight points adrift of Chorley who occupy the final play-off position, and Singh has set out his and the team’s aims for the rest of the season.
“Personally I’d like to get to last year’s total of 13 clean sheets and I’m only one off that now with 12, so to be able to get 13 with a whole new back four would be a great achievement by everyone.
“As a team I just think we’ve got to enjoy it. It’s all about progression from what we were last season to what we are now, we’ve come on nicely.
The lads are progressing individually, as a team and we’ve got a nice team togetherness here so hopefully we can get a few more wins in the last five games.”
Being one of only two remaining players from the ‘back five’ from last season alongside Sam Avery, Singh was able to comment on how different the style of play is when comparing the two seasons.
“Obviously this year they’re encouraging us to play out from the back a bit more and we didn’t really have the players for that last year but we do now.
“Last year if we conceded the first goal we’d be under the cosh because obviously we didn’t score as many, but we seem to be better at coming back into games this year.
“You can see from the way we play that we do play full backs quite high and it can leave the centre halves exposed at times but Jack Deaman has been brilliant since he’s come back off loan with Salford, Spencer [Hamilton] has done a job if he’s had to fill in.”
The Tigers face Kidderminster tomorrow at Whaddon Road and a large crowd is expected, so why not come on over and support the Tigers in what should be a cracking game?!