Lowestoft Town players must fulfil potential – Gallagher

Lowestoft Town joint boss Ady Gallagher has warned his players they must start fulfilling their potential or head for the Crown Meadow exit door.

Defeats at Hastings and Hendon have seen the Blues go five matches without a win and Gallagher believes it is time that some members of his squad started repaying the faith shown in them by the club.

Gallagher is certain there is enough quality in the Blues ranks to attain their short-term goals but added the management team will not shy away from making some difficult decisions if that quality does not produce itself on the pitch.

'We know that we've got some very good players in the squad but some of the players are not playing to the standards that we expect,' he said. 'We are a progressive club and if players are not doing it then people will be moved on and others will get opportunities.

'The management team know that we have got good enough players in our squad to move this club on but players have to understand the expectations of them and play up to the standards that we set. If they don't then we won't wait around for them to get to that level.'

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Lowestoft's recent poor run has seen them slip to third in the league table, 10 points behind leaders Billericay Town with only two games in hand.

Title talk is firmly on the backburner as the club looks to get back to the form they showed earlier in the season but Gallagher is looking forward to seeing how Billericay cope with the pressure of leading the division.

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'There's no point talking about title races in February or March – in the cold light of day it's not in our hands but there are still a lot of games to go,' he said. 'Billericay said a few weeks ago that it's up to us to throw it away, well it's in their court now and we will see how they deal with it.

'Titles look after themselves with good performances. We know we need to create more chances and stop giving silly goals away.'

Lowestoft look to have the perfect chance to get back to winning ways tomorrow when they welcome struggling Aveley to Crown Meadow and Gallagher is hopeful injured trio Scott Mitchell, Greg Crane and Matt Nolan will be available.

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