Wait for away Vanarama Conference North win is not getting me down, says Lowestoft Town chief
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Joint-boss Ady Gallagher is determined to make sure Lowestoft Town continue to enjoy their Conference North adventure.
The Blues, playing at the club's highest-ever level, started the season well, but have gradually slipped down the table going into today's latest lengthy journey.
But while the Trawlerboys head to Guiseley looking for their first away league win of the campaign, Gallagher isn't reading too much into his charges' disappointing record.
The Blues' chief said: 'To me us not winning away from home yet is not a burden. It's something we experienced last season.
'We had to wait until October/November time last campaign for our first away victory if I recall correctly. So it's not uncommon. Maybe you have to look at it in scientific terms. We've played teams with very good home records and when you look at the long journeys we're making we shouldn't really beat ourselves up too much about it.
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'Chorley have only dropped points at home to us this season. We played very well at Barrow, one of the most horrendous trips you could ever wish to make, and it was only a poor decision that handed them the breakthrough goal.
'Of course it would be nice to win away sooner rather than later but we don't fear matches on the road. If anybody does they need to shake it out of their system.'
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Guiseley sit eighth in the table while the Trawlerboys are 15th – just four points off the bottom three. A run of four losses in five league matches has cast something of a sea of gloom around Crown Meadow, but Gallagher remains upbeat. And he insists he wants those connected with the Suffolk outfit to keep smiling as they prepare for a 430-mile round trip, which will begin in the early hours of this morning.
The joint-manager said: 'It's going to be tough, it's going to be hard. But we all knew that's the way it was going to be.
'Travelling down on the day of matches isn't ideal but it's something we're learning to cope with. The club hope that in the future we will be better equipped to be able to deal with it. But for me, there's no point moaning about the situation we're in now.
'Lowestoft are at the highest level we've ever been at and anyone should take enjoyment out of that. We've worked so hard to get to this level and people can't take that away from us. If we keep whinging every week at our situation then that's all we're going to remember this season for. Ultimately we should be going out there with big smiles on our faces and do our best to make this club proud – which is what we've always done for the main part.
'We know today we'll have to work much harder than we did last week (3-0 home loss to Gloucester City) and we need to keep fighting every week to show that we're not guaranteed relegation fodder like we were called by many people in the summer.'
Lowestoft could be boosted by the return of Andrew Fisk and Sam Gaughran, both rated as 50/50, as they look to break their duck away from East Anglia. But Robert Eagle, Chris Henderson, Erkan Okay and Curtis Haynes-Brown may all be missing for a variety of reasons.
'We've got some injuries and unavailability again and we've not been able to name a full squad yet,' said Gallagher.
'The squad is really being tested. People can say we're making excuses, but the reality is those are the facts. We've had a lot of injuries so far and you can't get away from that.
'We had a similar situation last season though and we came through it. So we'll look to do the same again. We've got players coming back and thankfully none of our problems at the moment is long term.
'Our values have always been to concentrate on who is there, rather than who isn't. Whatever player we pick we expect to play with the pride and passion that we demand from all of the players who pull on a Lowestoft shirt.
'Overall we should be satisfied with what we've achieved so far but obviously we are looking to keep on getting better.'