Lowestoft Town hoping FA Cup can kickstart their season

Michael Spillane was on target with a penalty for Lowestoft Town at Wingate & Finchley.

Michael Spillane was on target with a penalty for Lowestoft Town at Wingate & Finchley. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

It's time to turn performances into victories, says Lowestoft Town boss Ady Gallagher.

The Blues' have made an underwhelming start to life in the Ryman League Premier and will be looking to kickstart their season in the FA Cup first qualifying round at home to Histon this afternoon.

Lowestoft's campaign so far has been a case of missed opportunities as decent displays haven't translated into points.

Gallagher must still be scratching his head over how his side didn't claim all three points at home to Sudbury on Monday.

The Blues are yet to win at home this season and Gallagher knows that must change very quickly if they are to live up their pre-season billing of promotion contenders following last season's relegation.

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'There is frustration in our start – we've only lost two games,' said Gallagher. 'We've played really well in most of our games but we can't keep saying that.

'We've got to turn some of these performances into wins. There have been games where we've had plenty of chances to win games and we haven't taken them. That's got to change.'

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Gallagher is adamant the club's fortunes will turn for the better but Lowestoft are struggling to come to terms with the mentality change since relegation.

For two years the Blues have been battling the odds in the National League North when any point gained is a point well earned.

They are now in a division where traditionally they have excelled and are considered a scalp. A point at home is no longer considered good enough by supporters at this level and the Lowestoft squad must come to terms with that kind of pressure.

If the chance is there to win the game the ruthless edge that got them promoted over two years ago must be rediscovered.

Sudbury had it on Monday when they hung in there at Crown Meadow against the odds and were rewarded with Robert Eagle's late equaliser.

'Maybe it's a little confidence issue – you see the difference between the two sides (against Sudbury),' said Gallagher. 'Sudbury kept believing because they're on a high based on what they did last year.

'They've got that little bit of momentum and they still go after teams because they are used to winning games.

'We're coming back – there is still a little bit of negativity around the group.

'There is an expectation to win every game and we've got to get used to that again.'

Lowestoft will be hoping Michael Spillane can recover from a recent calf problem whilst Shaun Bammant will keep his place up front if he can shake up a minor niggle.

Histon ply their trade in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One – one step below Lowestoft.

The Stutes, who are managed by Steve Fallon, overcame Norwich United at Plantation Park in the preliminary round last month.

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