New signing Danny Crow has lifted Lowestoft Town, says chief Chapman
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Danny Crow's arrival at Lowestoft has given the club a big lift according to joint manager Micky Chapman.
The former Norwich City academy product made his debut last weekend in the 3-0 win over Hyde after signing an 18-month deal at Crown Meadow following his release by Newport.
The Trawlerboys will be looking to end their away day hoodoo this afternoon when they travel to Brackley and Chapman hopes the addition of Crow can provide the impetus needed to bag that first win on the road.
'Just having him in the dressing room has already made a big difference,' said Chapman.
'He's a local lad and he's given everyone a massive lift. Danny's pedigree and the clubs he has been at speaks volumes and we're hoping he can be play a big part for us going forward.'
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Crow will vie for a starting place with the likes of Jake Reed, Bradley Woods-Garness and Shaun Bammant although Chapman admitted the former Peterborough and Cambridge striker is still short of match fitness.
'It will take him a bit of time to get match fit because he has not played regularly for a long time,' said the Blues chief. 'But we've got some good options up front now. Danny will learn our style of play and it works both ways as we look to get the best out of him. Given time I think he will make a big difference for us.'
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The injury crisis that threatened Lowestoft becoming embroiled in a relegation fight is finally easing with both Lee Smith and Dan Gleeson returning, both from back injuries.
Chapman believes getting such key players back will help the Blues establish the consistency needed to climb the table from their 15th-placed position.
'We haven't got the biggest squad in the league and we've been missing some very good players at times this season,' he added. 'But we are starting to get one or two back and we believe that if we've got everyone available that we can more than hold our own against anyone in this league.
'We knew it was going to be a season of building and doing everything we can to stay in the division.
'We're on 31 points now and we're going to have to accumulate more to stay in the division. With the injury crisis easing a little we are hoping to put a run together and get a bit of consistency.'
Andrew Fisk is out of today's contest due to a one-match suspension following his red card at Hednesford and Erkan Okay is expected to deputise.
Sam Gaughran will come back into the squad after being rested last weekend although long-term absentees Chris Henderson (groin), Adam Smith (hamstring) and Joe Marsden (ankle) all remain sidelined.