Lowestoft Town confident they can handle the pressure
Lowestoft Town first-team coach Craig Fleming has no fears about his side handling the pressure of a promotion drive ahead of the Blues' match at Tonbridge Angels this afternoon.
Lowestoft followed up Saturday's convincing win against Croydon Athletic by gaining three crucial points at high-flying Cray Wanderers and Fleming believes the experience gained from last season's promotion campaign will stand the Blues in good stead.
'All we can do is keep grinding out results,' said Fleming, who came on as a substitute for Lowestoft during their 2-1 win in the Championship Manager Cup at Cheshunt.
'Most of the lads have been in this situation from last season and the other lads that we've brought in have been involved in promotion drives before. That should stand us in good stead.
'I know from experience that you start to look at other team's results. People say they don't but they do. What you've always got to bear in mind is that we can only affect what we do.'
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Fleming believes that Lowestoft's win at Cray on Tuesday sent out a message to the rest of the division that they are firmly in the race for promotion this season despite still playing fixture catch-up.
'It was a big three points for us given that the other teams in and around us also won,' added the former Norwich City defender, whose side sit seven points off leaders Sutton United with five games in hand.
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'I think our rivals would have been looking for us to slip up away at Cray, which is a really difficult place to go, and our win certainly sends out a positive message.
'Our performance wasn't about individuals, we looked very solid as a team and everyone was putting in 100 per cent.
'We've stressed to the lads that we simply want them to give it their best each week, if they do that then everything else will follow because there's more than enough quality in our squad to ensure we have a successful season.'
Fleming heaped praise on Andy Reynolds for his recent performances with the Blues' keeper saving a second-minute penalty in midweek to set up his side's win.
'Andy has been tremendous for us this season and we don't take for granted the contribution he has made so far,' he said.
'Normally goalkeepers at this level make one or two world-class saves a season but Andy has already got into double figures as far as I am concerned.
'I obviously used to play with Robert Green and he would have been proud of some of the saves Andy made on Tuesday night.'
Matt Nolan has suffered a recurrence of the achilles injury that kept him out earlier this season and is unlikely to be considered, while Andrew Cave-Brown is struggling with a hamstring problem that forced him off at Cray.
Scott Mitchell is available again after completing his three-match suspension for his sending-off at AFC Hornchurch but Adrian Forbes is still waiting for the results of a scan to assess the damage to his knee.