Blues look to bounce back quickly

RIDGEONS LEAGUE: Ridgeons Premier table toppers Lowestoft bid to bounce back swiftly today at CRC from a surprise midweek League Cup exit. Micky Chapman's high flyers slipped up against championship rivals Leiston 2-0 at Crown Meadow, but Chapman insists it must be onwards and upwards.

Ridgeons Premier table toppers Lowestoft bid to bounce back swiftly today at CRC from a surprise midweek League Cup exit.

Micky Chapman's high flyers slipped up against championship rivals Leiston 2-0 at Crown Meadow, but Chapman insists it must be onwards and upwards.

"This doesn't detract from everything the lads have done this season," he said. "They have been absolutely fantastic since the start of the season and we've lost just two games in cup competitions. Since training started on July 1, the boys have been absolutely awesome and now we know that the sign of a good side is how you respond to a defeat.

"We have got another tough week ahead of us as games come thick and fast, but we want to continue the good start we have made. We are top of the league for a reason and now we're looking to bounce back. But it will tough at CRC and then against Dereham in midweek and we will have to be a lot better than we were on Tuesday."


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Chapman offered no excuses for another early cup defeat for last season's FA Vase finalists.

"To be honest we have to hold our hands up and say we were second best on the night," he said. "It hurts me, Ady and all the players to say that but that's the reality of it. We did not play to our capabilities but that happens in football. We're not making excuses for the defeat - we have to look at ourselves, and me, Ady, Dave and Flem have got stuff we need to work on. It was a disappointing performance as we weren't at the races. In the first half we did cause them problems as Stocky and Gaz (McGee) looked really lively up top. But we didn't quite take advantage of our opportunities as Leiston got their noses in front in the first half, and in the second half they looked quite comfortable."

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