Lowestoft Town chief happy to go with what he’s got for Telford trip

Adam Smith is an injury worry for Lowestoft ahead of their trip to Telford. Picture by Mike Griffith

Adam Smith is an injury worry for Lowestoft ahead of their trip to Telford. Picture by Mike Griffiths/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Mike Griffiths/Focus Images Ltd

Lowestoft Town boss Ady Gallagher is happy to continue running with a small squad of players in pursuit of National League North safety.

The Trawlerboys head to basement boys AFC Telford this afternoon on the back of a six-game unbeaten run and Gallagher revealed he is not in any rush to add to his squad of players.

If the chance arises and it suits all parties then Gallagher is ready to make his move. However, after coming through a sticky spell, which saw the Blues become embroiled in a relegation battle, Gallagher is prepared to go with what he has.

'I'm happy with the squad as it stands,' said Gallagher, who took sole charge of the Blues in the summer. 'We need to add one or two players but, for the moment, I'm happy to run with a squad of 18.

'It is a bit of a risk of injuries disrupting but we will wait and see.

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'If we are going to bring someone in it would have to be a player capable of going straight into the team and hitting the ground running or one who could make an impact on the first team in the future.'

Having a smaller squad lessens the risk of disaffected players upsetting the spirit in the camp. Gallagher believes a sense of camaraderie has emerged over the past month, which has brought the turnaround in fortunes.

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'The togetherness of the lads has been crucial,' added Gallagher. 'We've had our difficulties this season but not once have I doubted the quality or the ability of the lads.

'However, you need to do other things to be successful. Having been part of lots of successful teams over the years there are things that winning teams do that others don't.

'You have to identify what works well for the team and it's important that we don't let our standards drop.'

Adam Smith (knee), pictured, and Joe Marsden (ankle) are doubts for today's trip to Telford, who are threatening to be cut adrift at the foot at the table.

Lowestoft beat the Bucks 3-0 at the start of the season and Gallagher hopes he can add to their woes this afternoon.

'They are in a difficult situation and we've been there – it's difficult to get out of and I know that we're still not out of it either,' he said.

'You have to keep the faith that the situation will change if you keep working hard. We are on a decent run but we've got to maintain the standards we've set and go and get a result.

'The challenge now is can we make this run last even longer and pull ourselves further away from trouble.

'It all doesn't just fall into place – you've got to work hard at it.'

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