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Gallagher - 'We can overturn lead'

PUBLISHED: 11:35 03 April 2009 | UPDATED: 08:43 06 July 2010

LOWESTOFT Town joint-manager Ady Gallagher is confident the Blues can overturn a 2-1 deficit from their FA Vase Semi-Final first leg against Whitley Bay - and has told his players to stay patient.

LOWESTOFT Town joint-manager Ady Gallagher is confident the Blues can overturn a 2-1 deficit from their FA Vase Semi-Final first leg against Whitley Bay - and has told his players to stay patient.

The Ridgeons Premier Division league leaders trailed by two goals in the first leg before Jamie Godbold's volley reduced the arrears.

The Trawler Boys beat Whitley Bay 4-0 at home when the pair met in last season's semi-final and, even though Gallagher is not expecting a similar stroll, he is convinced that his side can return to Wembley.

"I felt we were a little bit unlucky in the first leg," he said.

"It's a bit of an uphill battle now, but there is no reason to be concerned about it and the simple fact is that we have to win the game.

"What happened last year is now gone and we know that it won't be easy, but we have played a lot of good teams this season and beaten them so there is every reason to believe in ourselves that we can get the result we need.

"However, this game does not have to be won in the first 10 minutes. If we win 1-0 it will go to extra-time and I thought we looked very fit towards the end of the first leg.

"So if it goes longer than the regulation 90 minutes, I feel that we would be very strong.

"We certainly don't have to go all-out attack and it would be crazy to over-commit ourselves in the first few minutes."

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