Lowestoft boss: There’s still work to do
Lowestoft Town joint boss Ady Gallagher insists their dramatic win at Bury Town in the Ryman League play-off semi-final will count for nothing unless they finish the job against Tonbridge Angels in the final on Saturday.
While a wave of euphoria swept through the Blues' fans at Ram Meadow thanks to a 2-1 win over their Suffolk rivals, Gallagher and his players know there is a lot of work to do if they are to realise their dream of a third successive promotion.
'It was a fantastic team effort but as we all know it will all count for nothing if we don't turn up and perform like that again on Saturday,' said Gallagher. 'We'll enjoy this moment but keep in the back of our minds that we've still not achieved what we set out to do.'
Victory at Bury was made even sweeter because on the three previous occasions the two sides had met this season Lowestoft couldn't find the target – something which Bury were only too keen to remind the Trawlerboys of in the run-up to the tie.
But a Sam Nunn own goal and a wonderful individual strike from Lubomir Guentchev broke their hoodoo and Gallagher heaped praise on the winger who had made such a big impression since his move from Hendon on transfer deadline day.
'I think Lubo has been a fantastic signing for us, he has scored some great goals. His goal is what he is all about. He is a clever player with great feet. He is tricky, he goes past players and he scores goals.
'He can create chances and he has been a real good addition to the squad. It was fitting that he scored the goal – he had a great game as did a lot of our players.
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'I think the players found a desire because we all feel as though we have been a bit hard done by, by Bury this year. We have played very well against them and not got the rewards that we've deserved.
'They made a few comments which indicated that they think they're a better side than us, even to the extent that we got a few texts saying that we hadn't scored a goal against them in 270 minutes of football.
'All in all, this was the game that really mattered at the end of the season and we're through.'
For long periods it looked like being another one of those nights when Lowestoft do everything but score as once again they were guilty of missing several presentable chances.
'The whole performance summed up our season,' added Gallagher. 'We created a lot of chances and probably should have scored more.
'We haven't always had luck on our side as demonstrated when Forbesy's (Adrian Forbes) shot looked set for the bottom corner but it hits a bobble and comes back off the post.
'But we're there now and we're down to a one-game season now to try and elevate the club a bit higher.'