Lowestoft Town chief salutes squad after battling point
07:23 25 August 2014
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Lowestoft Town joint manager Ady Gallagher saluted his side after another clean sheet, but admitted the Trawlerboys could have taken more than one point from their latest Conference North road trip.
Late chances for Town at Gainsborough Trinity slipped by, but the visitors maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign thanks to a third successive shut-out, aided in no small part by a penalty save from goalkeeper Ashlee Jones.
And Gallagher said the latest point showed his players are finding their feet at a new level.
“We said afterwards when we take everything out of the game and put it to one side, it’s still a clean sheet and an away point which you can’t knock at all,” he said. “We’re pleased with the point, but disappointed, I thought we could maybe nick something at the end and maybe won the game.
“I think coming into a new level, this is probably the most comfortable I’ve seen us in four games we’ve played, but possibly lacked a little bit of intensity we’ve had in the other games.
“We’re finding our feet and that’s a good thing. It’s a solid performance and another clean sheet to make it three on the bounce and carried on where we were last season.”
Gallagher praised Jones for another fine performance, including the excellent 75th-minute penalty save, but hailed the whole team for keeping out Trinity, who were kept at arm’s length throughout.
“You do keep clean sheets as a team, but Ash didn’t have much to do today,” Gallagher said. “He had one save early on that I can remember which went straight at him and the penalty save. So you cant fault him for that – he had two things to do when called upon and he did them. The reason we’re keeping clean sheets is not just because of Ash, I know he’s been pinpointed as man of the match in two or three games and he’s started really well, but the reality is the work rate of everyone in the side, how hard they’re working to close teams down, has been fantastic. The clean sheets are a testament to the work ethic of the side.”
Gallagher said injuries to both Dan Gleeson and Curtis Haynes-Brown will be assessed before today’s clash with Leamington at Crown Meadow, but Rickie Hayles would be returning to the squad.