Gallagher set to take National League North Lowestoft Town back to basics
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Lowestoft Town need to get back to basics as they look to arrest a run which has seen them win just one game in their last 11.
That's the verdict of manager Ady Gallagher, who takes his side to Curzon Ashton this afternoon with the Trawlerboys in danger of being sucked into a National League North relegation fight.
After starting the season with successive wins Lowestoft have endured a downturn that sees them just one point above the drop zone and out of the FA Cup.
However, Gallagher insists he has enough quality in his squad to emerge from this sticky spell.
'When things aren't going right, you have to strip everything back and make it as uncomplicated as possible,' he said.
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'Football is a simple game and we're probably guilty of over-thinking things at the moment.
'Pressure starts to build but you've got to try and do the simple things well and then over time your luck will change. We're not hitting the levels we were at the start of the season but we will get back there. There's no lack of quality in the squad.'
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Lowestoft's recruitment drive stuttered in the summer with the Blues forced to deploy a makeshift defence on several occasions.
The recent signings of Harry Burgoyne, Sam Nunn, and Michael Spillane have remedied that problem and Gallagher is pleased with the quality of the players he now has at his disposal.
Whilst that is now bearing out in terms of their results, Gallagher is certain his side's luck will turn if they continue to put in the hard yards each week.
'I've made some mistakes this season but the squad I've managed to build is not one of them,' added Gallagher.
'It's down to character of the group whether they can actually overcome the pressure that's been created. I've tried to create an uncomplicated environment for the players to work within but there's obviously still work to do on that.
'We've all had sticky patches before and there's only one way to get out of it – keep working hard and make sure you leave it all out there on the pitch each week.'
Chris Henderson, inset, is the only doubt for the trip to Tameside Stadium with a knee injury.
The former Bury man suffered the problem in training last week and is unlikely to be risked against a Curzon side who, according to Gallagher, will be confident of seeing off the Trawlerboys.
'They will see our recent form and think this is a good time to play us,' said the Blues boss.
'We've had five away games in the last six and that places a strain on the boys. The odds are against us, as they always are in these away games. But we never shy away from a fight.'