'We'll ride out the storm' - Joint Lowestoft boss Ady Gallagher says
PUBLISHED: 10:22 25 March 2011
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Lowestoft Town joint boss Ady Gallagher has called on his players to "ride out the storm" after seeing his side drop more points in the Ryman League Premier promotion race.
The Blues looked set to record a vital win thanks to an excellent second half performance which saw them storm into a 3-1 lead despite having Curtis Haynes-Brown sent off at the end of the first period.
But Maidstone, who sit at the foot of the table, belied their league position and staged a late rally to snatch a point.
Gallagher admitted to feeling mixed emotions about his side’s performance but knows having got into a winning position his side should have closed the game out, even with 10 men.
“I’m very proud of the players first and foremost – they put in a tremendous shift in the second half,” said Gallagher, whose side may have to look towards the play-offs if they are to realise their dreams of a third successive promotion. “To come out in the adversity that we have done lately and to play like that with that sort of hunger was admirable.
“We’re obviously frustrated that we couldn’t see it through. But I’ve just said to the boys we’ve got to ride out the storm. What I think today showed was that there is a lot of team spirit and when it really matters we can concentrate on ourselves and really drag ourselves through the game.”
Lowestoft started slowly and it took Haynes-Brown’s dismissal to jolt them into life although Gallagher believes the former Sudbury man should never have seen red for preventing a goalscoring opportunity after fouling Ellis Green.
Referee Adam Crysell wasted little time in getting his red card from his pocket – something which certainly irked the Lowestoft management team.
“I felt the lad dived, I felt the ball was going out for a goal kick and I felt that Cavey (Andrew Cave-Brown) had got around,” added Gallagher. “The fact that the referee had the red card out in his hand before he had even got to the incident made it worse.
“All I’m hoping is that somebody here tonight like an assessor says ‘actually ref you’ve made a mistake’. If they don’t then we’ve got nothing to hope for in the game.
“It’s fair that people will make mistakes. Players and managers make mistakes in games. But for me it’s hugely frustrating because it seems to be happening on a regular basis. We seem to be receiving the brunt of the decisions. Obviously it’s not a conspiracy – it’s just one of those things that is happening to us.”
Matt Nolan’s brace just after the break for Lowestoft will live long in the memory but Gallagher knows the Blues must rediscover their winning habit quickly to maintain their promotion hopes.
“All we can hope that the storm is coming to an end that we get a fair crack of the whip. What goes around comes around and hopefully it will start coming round again for us.”