Gallagher makes goal plea to Lowestoft players

Lowestoft Town joint boss Ady Gallagher is looking for all his players to chip in with goals in the second half of the season ahead of the Blues' Ryman League Premier clash at home to Maidstone United this evening (ko 7.45pm).

Midfielder Dale Cockrill showed the way on Saturday as his two goals gave Lowestoft a vital 2-1 win at promotion rivals AFC Hornchurch and Gallagher does not want his side to rely on the strikers to provide the goals.

'All the players are all going to have to get goals in the second half of the season,' said Gallagher, whose side sit seven points off the top of the table with four games in hand over leaders Sutton United.

'Everyone has a responsibility to take their share of the goalscoring burden.

'There's no doubt that Dale in particular is capable of scoring goals from midfield and he took his two goals really well.'

Gallagher was delighted with the way his side coped with the tricky conditions at the weekend, which saw the referee hold a pitch inspection on the morning of the game.

Despite the boggy pitch, Lowestoft played some free-flowing football in the first half before showing the gritty side to their game in the second period.

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'The conditions were not conducive to good football but that didn't stop us from playing some really good stuff, particularly in the first half,' added Gallagher.

'We were really good early on and adjusted to the conditions well.

'I think we showed the two sides of our game in the second half. We showed how much we wanted the three points.

'We have always been a very hardworking side that's prepared to dig in when necessary and teams are always going to have times when they are on top of you, particularly away from home.

'But we coped with it really well and we were still a threat ourselves.'

On paper, Lowestoft should keep their excellent start to 2011 going against Maidstone tonight but Gallagher believes the league has already shown that no side can afford to be complacent.

'We haven't had an easy game so far in this league and we're not expecting it against Maidstone,' he added.

'Horsham beating Sutton at the weekend just goes to show that everyone is capable of taking points off each other.

'Maidstone are a big club with a lot of history and they will be up for it, I'm sure.

'We are expecting an incredibly tough game but we want to keep this little run that we've got going and the lads have got to show belief in themselves.'

Lowestoft have no new injury worries this evening although Adrian Forbes is likely to once again miss out through a knee injury.

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