Lowestoft Town are big scalps now, says Chapman
Jonathan Redhead Lowestoft Town joint boss Micky Chapman says his league leaders are there to be shot at - but must stay grounded to avoid opponents' attempts to bring them down.
Lowestoft Town joint boss Micky Chapman says his league leaders are there to be shot at - but must stay grounded to avoid opponents' attempts to bring them down.
Two wins in a week - at home to Potters Bar Town last Saturday and away at third-placed East Thurrock United on Tuesday - have moved the Blues nine points clear at the summit of Ryman League Division One North.
But Chapman insists his squad of players will not get carried away and has warned that other teams in the league will be keen to knock them from their lofty perch.
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He says the Blues need to continue doing what they have been doing all campaign to continue their fantastic promotion push.
“We're in a good position,” he said.
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“So far, so good, but you don't win anything in January.
“We've played ourselves into a good position. When you're up there, you're there to be knocked down and if we get carried away and take our eye off the ball or start losing focus, you stop doing the things that got you where you are.
“We won't let the lads do that. We've got a lot of quality at the club and they're a good bunch of lads. They're ambitious and hard-working, but they listen as well. We've got a great dressing room and a great squad. Our job as management within the dressing room, with me, Ady (Gallagher), Flem (Craig Fleming) and Dave (Carolan), is to make sure the boys keep their feet on the ground.
“We remind them constantly that it's one game at a time.”
Chapman says preparation is the key to Town's continued success.
They host Romford tomorrow, before welcoming bottom side Harlow Town to the Crown Meadow on Tuesday.
And Chapman insists there will be no let up from the Trawler Boys.
“You're there to be knocked off your perch and we've got to make sure we prepare for every game in the same way. It doesn't matter if you're playing a top team or a bottom team, you've got to prepare in the same way,” he said.
There's a long, long way to go and we're not looking any further ahead than Romford at home tomorrow.
“We've got two hard games with Romford tomorrow and then Harlow on Tuesday and in both those games there are three points available.
“We won't let up and the players won't either because they're a great bunch.”