Lowestoft Town boss wants his leaders to make a stand against Solihull Moors

Michael Spillane returns from suspension for Lowestoft Town today against Solihull Moors. Picture: J

Michael Spillane returns from suspension for Lowestoft Town today against Solihull Moors. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Ady Gallagher has told his players to stand up and show their true character to bring an end to Lowestoft Town's poor form.

The Trawlerboys go into today's clash with Solihull Moors on the back of five straight losses in the league, whereas the visitors are yet to taste defeat in their 13 games and sit second in the table.

'We have some experienced players and the best players will always show that they can manage these situations, step up, stick their chins out and get people through it,' Gallagher said. 'I'm looking for the real leaders in the group.'

The Moors have the best defensive record in National League North, having conceded just nine goals, and Lowestoft will also need to keep an eye on former Aston Villa and QPR striker Stefan Moore, now 32, who has scored five league goals so far this season.

It is a Suffolk boy leading the way in front of goal for the Moors though, with former Ipswich Town trainee Darryl Knights with six to his name.

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'They're a good side, they're still unbeaten and to still be unbeaten after that many games, you need to be a decent side,' Gallagher continued.

'They were a real attacking threat last season and have a lot of very experienced players in their side, so it is going to pose us a major challenge.'

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The Blues are boosted by the return of midfielder Michael Spillane from suspension and forward Ryan Jarvis not starting his ban for a red card in the 3-0 defeat at Bradford PA last week until after today's match.

'The last couple of weeks we have felt disappointed with results but there has been little signs of those green shoots of recovery,' the Lowestoft chief said.

'Obviously confidence is really fragile at the moment but it's up to us to unite, to stand tall, to show a bit of unity and solidarity. You have to work really hard, you have to create your own luck and the way to do that is to focus on your own performance and not get frustrated by things around you.'

On-loan Norwich City keeper Ben Killip is set to keep his place after impressing on his debut at Bradford, despite the score-line.

'He made a confident start last week,' Gallagher added. 'Facing a penalty is always difficult but what encouraged me was how prepared for senior football he was. Often there are individual moments that recognise that and there was a difficult cross which came in that he met full on when under pressure from a very big and strong centre-forward.

'He did what goalkeepers do and was very strong with his punch, took the contact but certainly the player came off worse and that's a massive confidence boost.'

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