Danny Cowley spoke today of how his players feel they owe the fans a good performance against Southport on Saturday as they look to put the disappointment of the last few days behind them.
“We’re all disappointed, we don’t like to lose and certainly not two on the trot
“The fans were brilliant here again Saturday. A lot conspired against us but they really stayed with us.
“On Tuesday night against Dagenham they were brilliant, they clapped every player off the pitch. Alex Woodyard said it in the meeting today that we owe them one and we do, we want to put smiles on their faces.”
Southport is a chance to get things back on track, and keeping the fans on the edge of their seat will be a priority.
“5th game in 14 days is a physical challenge, but we’ll be watching Southport v Macclesfield later today. The motivation is to try and put the past two performances behind us.
“We’re going to be brave, move the ball quickly and get the supporters back with us again”
Cowley said Luke Waterfall should be fit, and Matt Rhead is also in contention for Saturday. However he managed to find a positive in losing the big man.
“The week has been a challenge for us to adapt a style of play without Matt. It (the injury) has allowed us to fast track the process of finding a way to play without him, something we’ve always been working towards.”
Alan Power came in for some criticism on Tuesday for his poor performance, but Cowley revealed he wasn’t fully fit.
“Alan was at 75%, we had to make a decision and as captain of the team he was willing to put his body on the line for the group. We said if you’ve got 75% then give us 75% and he did that.
“It impinged on his performance, he wasn’t able to move as he likes. Needs must and credit to him.”
Talk of a new signing is proving as difficult as buying a house, but Danny confirmed that the club are still in the hunt for Australian midfielder James Weslowski. It had previous been reported that club and player were a long way from an agreement but it seems the move is still alive.
“It’s still a possibility. There’s some different things for that to happen to move over the line.”
Danny had previously alluded to a move for a midfielder by describing it as incredibly difficult to pull everything together. Although he wasn’t speaking directly about Weslowski it seems safe to assume he was discussing the experienced midfielder.
“It’s frustrating because you’re waiting for things to happen. It reminds me of buying a house. There’s normally three parties in a deal, the two clubs and the player. There are six parties involved here.”