Lowestoft Town chief Gallagher hopes to avoid another Boston United goalfest
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Lowestoft Town are determined to not be part of a second eight-goal classic against Boston United in under a week.
The Trawlerboys lost a sensational Boxing Day clash 5-3 in Lincolnshire but tightened up on Sunday to see off Gainsborough Trinity 2-0. And Blues' chief Ady Gallagher is looking for his troops to build on their first shut-out in 15 Conference North matches when they welcome the Pilgrims to Crown Meadow this afternoon.
Joint-boss Gallagher said: 'The last few weeks I've felt we've started to attack better, we've started to create more chances but unfortunately we haven't been quite as tight at the back as we have been.
'There could be loads of reasons for that, but it was important that we proved to ourselves more than anything (on Sunday) that we could be tight as a unit, keep a clean sheet and fight for each other to do that and I thought the boys showed that from the first minute to the last; we thoroughly deserved the three points.
'That was the way we were playing earlier in the season and last year, where we were having regular games and teams weren't even having shots against us, never mind scoring goals.
'We've proved that if we're tight and we're organised we can keep clean sheets and if we can stay tight and organised again on New Year's Day then I know we've got another chance of keeping a clean sheet.'
Lowestoft have conceded 40 league goals so far this term following promotion and have amassed 27 points from their 23 matches. A seven-point cushion above the relegation zone perhaps offers a better insight into how well they have adapted to a higher level, as does scoring 11 goals in their last four league outings.
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'What was frustrating more against Boston was the fact that we scored three goals away from home and didn't win the game,' added Gallagher ahead of the return clash between the two sides.
'On reflection, there were a couple of funny things that happened, one of those bizarre football games where things just went in – they were just smashing in shots from all around the pitch and they were either flying in the bottom corner or in the stantion and that doesn't always happen in football.
'You have to accept that sometimes you can have a game where everything goes in for you and sometimes everything that's hit against you will go in as well, so it was frustrating.
'What's great about us at the moment is we are creating chances. We didn't just create three chances against Boston, we created lots and lots of chances – it could easily have been seven each by the end.
'So it's encouraging that we know we caused them problems, certainly, but we need to defend a bit better and hopefully the key areas of the game and the little bits of luck you need in a game will go our way this time instead of theirs.'