Lowestoft Town won’t feel the pressure at home - Gallagher
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Lowestoft Town joint boss Ady Gallagher insists the Blues are under no extra pressure to perform at Crown Meadow, despite their winless run away from home.
The Blues retreat to the relative sanctuary of the Meadow this evening to welcome Brackley Town (kick-off 7.45pm) after going down to another away defeat at Barrow.
With points being so hard to come by on the road, the Trawlerboys are having to rely on their home form to keep their head above water in the Conference North.
However, Gallagher is adamant his charges won't be feeling any added burden in front of their own fans.
'I don't think it puts the lads under any extra pressure. We have not picked up enough points away from home - we know that but I think it is starting to come together,' said Gallagher, whose side are unbeaten at Crown Meadow so far this season. 'There's always pressure on home games but we've got a very good record at home.
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'Teams coming to us have to put up with the problems we face every other week and it's not easy. We have to take advantage of that.'
Despite another away defeat, Gallagher believes his side are coming to terms with the task of picking up points away from the Meadow.
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Had Jake Reed taken an opportunity early in the second half on Saturday, Lowestoft might have caused something of an upset at high-flying Barrow, who relied on two late goals to secure the points.
Gallagher said his side's improved display can be put down to his players adjusting to the demands of the division.
'The players were fresher – we've got to get them to the game in the best possible condition that we can,' he added, referring to the club's decision to stay overnight before Saturday's game. 'We're not too worried (about the away form) – we've had six away games and four of those have been against sides that are unbeaten at home. We've had a very difficult run of away fixtures.'
Lowestoft are likely to be without Dan Gleeson this evening after the Blues skipper limped off with a hamstring strain at Barrow. Curtis Haynes-Brown could come back into consideration after a back problem whilst Chris Henderson faces a late fitness test on his hamstring. Ashlee Jones remains a doubt whilst Rossi Jarvis is definitely out, both with hamstring problems.
Gallagher believes the number of injuries his side are picking up could be down to the amount of time spent on the road.
'We took the sensible option with Gleese (Gleeson) on Saturday because he had a bit of a tight hamstring,' he added. 'These hamstring injuries being picked up are probably something to do with all the travelling we are doing. It can't be good for players to travel for eight hours on a coach and then go out and play.'
Jacek Zielonka will be available after signing a deal with the Blues last week and Gallagher believes the Polish winger is capable of making an impression.
'He has been training with us for a little and he is someone that we like the look of. We've been waiting on international clearance for him and it's good to have him available. He is strong with a bit of pace and he will get his opportunity with us.'