Saturday, March 22, 2014
6:03 AM

Lowestoft Town midfielder Robert Eagle believes the Blues can slip under the radar of their promotion rivals and gatecrash the Ryman League Premier Division play-offs.

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The Trawlerboys head to Margate this afternoon unbeaten in their last eight games having established the kind of consistency they lacked during a lacklustre first half of the campaign.

And Eagle feels the teams around them have forgotten the danger Lowestoft can pose in the run-in to the end of the season.

“In the past we’ve been right up there with games in hand and the pressure has been on us,” said Eagle.

“But I don’t think there is any pressure on us this time.

“Everyone thinks we’re out of it but in the camp the spirit is good and we’re confident we can get in there.”

Despite bearing the scars of three play-off final defeats Eagle insists the Blues won’t be affected by their previous failures.

“I think we would just be happy to be there at the moment,” he added.

“We’re not even thinking about that now. We’ve got to keep doing what we have been in the last six or seven games – if we keep doing that then we will be up there.”

Eagle notched his ninth goal of the season in the 1-1 draw at home against Lewes last week and the former Norwich City midfielder is determined to add to his tally before the end of the season.

“I think the best I’ve ever got in one season is nine so it would be great if I could get into double figures,” he said. “I think my assists are doing all right as well – I think I’m in double figures for that.

“I’m having a pretty good season on a personal level – I’ve played a lot more than I did last year, which helps. But the most important thing is for the club to get into the play-offs now.”

The 27-year-old admitted to a degree of frustration the Blues couldn’t find a winner against Lewes.

“It’s a bit disappointing,” admitted Eagle. “We didn’t create as many chances as we normally do considering the possession we had.

“I don’t think the pitch particularly helped us – it was very dry and bobbly and we just couldn’t find a way through.”

Jake Reed is expected to recover from the virus that kept him out of the Blues’ draw against Lewes and is likely to lead the line this afternoon alongside Michael Frew.

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