Bullard won’t be getting any favours from Blues – Gallagher

Leatherhead manager Jimmy Bullard.

Leatherhead manager Jimmy Bullard. - Credit: PA

Leatherhead boss Jimmy Bullard shouldn't expect any favours from his Lowestoft Town counterpart Ady Gallagher this afternoon.

Former Premier League player Bullard was appointed Leatherhead boss earlier this season but the club remain struggling towards the lower reaches of the Ryman League Premier Division table.

Bullard knows he needs the points to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle. However, Gallagher insists Lowestoft's need is just as great.

'We need the points as much as they do,' said Gallagher, who remains hopeful of a play-off tilt this season. 'They have been buoyed by the arrival of Jimmy Bullard and they've got some very good players there.

'Over time he's going to have an effect there through his personality and the contacts that he's got in the game.


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'We have played them before at their place and it's a difficult place to go.'

Lowestoft were frustrated once again at home on Tuesday night as they had to settle for a point against Billericay despite dominating for much of the contest.

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It's been the story of the Blues' season so far – playing well but not getting the reward.

'We can't keep saying we're playing well and still not come away with all three points,' added Gallagher. 'We should have got the victory. The lads showed a great work-rate – we know we can play better – but I can't fault the effort of the lads.

'We've just got to make the most of our opportunities when they come.'

Chris Henderson was on target as the Blues came from behind to claim a point after Michael Spillane had missed a penalty.

The former Bury man was at his pacey best in taking his goal and Gallagher wants his side to take advantage of the goal threat he has within his ranks.

'Hendo has played up front for us before and he's a real handful with his speed when he is on his game.

'I don't think we played to his and Jake's (Reed) strengths enough and that's something we've got to look at.

'We should have really been more effective in attack but the effort was there.'

Gallagher is hopeful that both Jarvis brothers will be available after Ryan missed the midweek draw with a back injury. Rossi Jarvis has overcome a slight niggle and is likely to start.

'Rossi will be available. Ryan has had a bit of a back problem but he missed the game on Tuesday and hopefully with that rest he could be available again.'

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