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Blues boss hits out

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:23 05 July 2010

Mark Boggis

A DEFIANT Micky Chapman has called on his battle-hardened troops to show all their strengths in bouncing back as they come out fighting ahead of a massive week in Lowestoft Town's season.

A DEFIANT Micky Chapman has called on his battle-hardened troops to show all their strengths in bouncing back as they come out fighting ahead of a massive week in Lowestoft Town's season.

There may have been a flu and sickness epidemic that has swept through the Crown Meadow camp in the past fortnight, but the perfect medicine for the joint Blues boss, players, officials and spectators will be three Ridgeons League points and then a place in the last 16 of the FA Vase.

Tomorrow's visit of Haverhill Rovers at the Meadow will see 11th-placed Lowestoft looking to avenge a defeat earlier in the season and also make up for three dropped points at Ipswich Wanderers last Saturday.

And then all attentions will turn to the last 32 of the FA Vase, where the Blues host Blackstones on January 19.

“We're still in two cup competitions and in mid-table in the league - although we want to climb the table as our position in the league is not acceptable,” Chapman said.

Hitting out at the detractors, the joint Blues boss lambasted talk outside of the camp as “rubbish” - with a lot of rumours and flak flying around.

“We have quality players at this club and this is the first time in a lot of years where we've had a struggle. “But everything has seemed to conspire and go against us,” Chapman bemoaned.

“The only people who matter within the dressing room are me, Ady and the players - not those outside who are speaking a lot of rubbish.

“These people have short memories - all Ady and I are interested in hearing from is the chairman Geoff Price and director of football Gary Bennett.”

“We finished a creditable third last season after all the financial problems, and if we can make one or two additions - which we're constantly on the lookout for - we will come flying out of this sticky patch.”

Over the bascule bridge, seventh-placed Kirkley and Pakefield's sharp-shooters will be hoping to hit another six when they travel to Stanway Rovers tomorrow.

Buoyed by a 6-1 win over Wisbech, Nick Shorten's men will also be on a revenge mission as they take on Essex opponents looking to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat at home last month.

With Max Blowers and Nicky Stokeld likely to miss out on tomorrow's trip through injury, there could be recalls for Jamie Stokeld and Scott Manning.

“We hope to field a strong side at Stanway tomorrow, where we know we will need to be at our absolute best to come away with anything,” Shorten said.

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