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Twin targets spur Macari

DETERMINED manager Lou Macari today put in sharp focus Town's targets for the second half of the season.

Lou Macari (Watching) 118
Lou Macari (Watching) 118

Following successive League postponements against Wycombe and Bury, Town get back in action at Hull City tomorrow night (7.45) in a crucial LDV Vans Trophy northern semi-final.

The Boothferry Park test comes at a time when Town are 10 matches unbeaten in the Second Division, and Macari has reminded his players that Town need success on both League and Cup fronts.

"Football is always full of twists and turns and, hopefully, we can make the right moves in the second half of the season - starting at Boothferry Park tomorrow night," said Macari, who trained his squad at the McAlpine this weekend.

"We should be getting a few players back from injury in the next two or three weeks which will be a massive help to us and we are already in a challenging position in the table - so I don't see any reason why we can't push to do well in the top six, even though it's always a lot easier said than done."

Centre-back Nathan Clarke and midfield goal-getter Chris Beech return to action in the Reverves' Avon Insurance Premier Division clash with West Brom at Halesowen tonight (7.00).

Also included in the line-up are Craig Armstrong, who hasn't played a senior fixture since breaking an ankle bone at Peterborough in August, and striker Clyde Wijnhard, who continues his fitness-building and will also be in the squad tomorrow.

"Judging over a period of time, like the first half of the season, the lads have done well for us," added Macari.

"We've had ups and downs like everyone. We can't win every game, even though we would love to, and we can't play well every week, even though we would love to.

"But the attitude and spirit of the players has been tremendous and that gives you hope for the rest of the season, especially if the squad is strengthened with one or two back from the terrible injury problems we've had.

"On the Cup front, the players know we had a `no show' at Mansfield, but to their credit they have bounced back from that bad day and we are all keen to do well in the LDV.

"Hull City away is a tricky tie, but we are capable of going there and getting the right result."

Town travel without suspended skipper Steve Jenkins, who will be replaced at right-back by Thomas Heary with the task of marking former McAlpine teammate David Beresford, who has been playing on the left for Hull.

Brian Little's side were also inactive this weekend, having their Friday-night clash with Carlisle postponed, and they expect a big gate tomorrow night.

It's pay at the turnstiles for Town fans (£10 adults and £5 concessions in all sections).

Hull chairman Adam Pearson reckons they have lost £200,000 through recent postponements and has appealed to Tigers' fans to turn out in force against Town.

There are no re-arranged dates yet for Wycombe and Bury.

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