Lowestoft Town can stand the heat in their fight for survival
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Lowestoft Town's history of coping with pressure situations could be the deciding factor in their battle for survival, says manager Ady Gallagher.
The Blues escaped trouble in their maiden National League North campaign last year with a fine run towards the end of the season. Four play-off finals in the space of four years before that demonstrates the level of experience the club has in high profile games and Gallagher believes this will be important in his side's fight to climb out the bottom three.
'We've got belief we can get out of trouble – we were in a similar situation last year and we got ourselves out,' said the Blues chief. 'We've got a history of being able to cope with pressure situations.
'We spent a lot of years trying to get to this level of football – the challenge for the players is how much they want to fight to stay at this level. We've got enough quality but we've got to produce it on a regular basis. I firmly believe we've got the characters to do that but we need to step up our level from the last couple of games.'
National League North matches don't come any tougher than this afternoon's trip to league leaders Solihull Moors, who look well on course for automatic promotion. Moors are the top scorers in the division and Gallagher admits the odds are stacked against his side.
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'We are in a position where we will be going into the game with zero expectation on us,' he said.
'They are the league leaders and going away to them is a big ask for us. But it's up to us to show the quality that we've got. They're up there for a reason but I'm always confident that when we produce we are a match for anyone at this level.'
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Gallagher expects to pick from a fully fit squad this weekend although defender Danny Burns was recalled from his loan spell at Crown Meadow by Cambridge United.
Ben Killip will keep his place in goal despite an aberration that led to the crucial opening goal in Lowestoft's 2-1 defeat at home to fellow strugglers Brackley last weekend.
Gallagher attaches no blame to the on loan Norwich City keeper and hopes it proves part of his learning curve as he looks to build a career in the game.
'It was just an accident – he's been fantastic for us,' added Gallagher. 'It was just a freak situation that was brought about by the pitch.
'He was gutted about it, as we all were. It had a massive bearing on the result and I thought that if we could have got the first goal then we would have gone on to win.
'As far as I'm concerned I've already put it behind us. It wasn't an error of judgment and he shouldn't dwell on it.
'It will make him tougher and he's got to learn to deal with these kinds of situations and move on.'