Lowestoft Town chief Craig Fleming wants Blues to stay focused

Lowestoft Town director of football Craig Fleming is putting the lessons of last season into practice as the Blues approach crunch time in their campaign.

Despite a break from league action last weekend, Lowestoft still find themselves in third place in the Ryman League Premier table with games in hand over the sides above them. However, the Blues found themselves in a similar position last season in trying to chase down Sutton United and Fleming insists his squad won't get sucked into looking too far ahead this time round.

'I think last year we concentrated too much on the end goal,' said Fleming, who experienced play-off final heartbreak last year when they lost 4-3 to Tonbridge Angels. 'This year, it's a cliche, but we're just going to concentrate on each game.

'Whatever happens, happens. All we can do is prepare for each game properly and everything else will take care of itself.'

Lowestoft travel to Canvey Island tomorrow after knocking them out of the Alan Boon Cup on Tuesday night at Crown Meadow after coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2.

After looking well beaten and on their way of the competition in the first period the Trawlerboys staged a second half comeback largely inspired by the introduction of Jamie Forshaw off the bench.

With only Adrian Forbes (thigh) and Erkan Okay (ankle) still sidelined, the management team are feeling the benefit of having plenty of options to choose from.

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'You do look around at the bench now and think we've got options to change it now,' added the former Norwich City defender. 'With Forbesy coming back into it hopefully by the weekend and then Erkan not long after hopefully for the first time in a long time we are going to have a full quota.

'The comeback didn't surprise me to be honest. I said to the lads at half-time that if we get a bit more defensively solid as a team then we were still in the tie.

'We were a bit open when we lost it in the first half. When we lost it we didn't get back in a defensive shape very well at all in the first half.

'In the second half we said that if we start doing that then we will get back into it and we did. The substitutions had an impact, which is all you can ask of them.'