Dickie Ord is looking for defensive improvement

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BACK-to-back defeats have left Durham City with a lot to do if they are to qualify for the Evo-Stik League Division One North play-offs.

Following a disappointing sequence of results leading up to Christmas, City’s form improved during the holiday period when they claimed seven points from three games.

But three fixtures this year have yielded just a single point and they are now down to mid-table ahead of tomorrow’s match at Trafford.

“We’ve played some nice football but our results have been mixed. Injuries and losing a couple of players to Shildon haven’t helped and I suppose our play-off chances are now slim but we’ll battle on,” said vice-chairman Ian Ward, who confirmed that it is unlikely signings will be made before deadline day.

“We could do with a few more points on the board, but it has been a season of steady progression and everyone is still upbeat,” added Ward.

Manager Dickie Ord hasn’t finalised his squad for tomorrow’s journey to Manchester, but he’ll be looking for an improved defensive display after watching the side concede eight goals in the last two games.