Lowestoft boss Gallagher set to turn to his fringe players

Ady Gallagher

Ady Gallagher

Harvey Hodd’s return to Fleetwood represents the chance for one of Lowestoft’s fringe players to step up, says manager Ady Gallagher, writes Mark Armstrong.

The 20-year-old’s loan spell at Crown Meadow ended after the Blues’ 0-0 draw with Hednesford, having played a full part in Lowestoft’s return to form.

But Gallagher will turn to one of Robert Eagle, Danny Crow or Connor Deeks to fill the void and he’s confident they will seize their opportunity.

“It gives a chance to one of the other lads and it’s up to them to take it. I was very pleased with the strength of our bench on Tuesday and it will fall on one of them now to come in and take their chance.

“They know what they have to do to stay in the team. Hard work has been the bedrock of our recent upturn and it’s got to continue.”

Lowestoft had been keen to extend Hodd’s loan spell but the midfielder wanted to return to Fleetwood and try to force his way into the League One side.

“I would love to see Harvey go back to Fleetwood and get in their first team - that’s what he wants to do,” added Gallagher. “Everyone wants to play as high as they possibly can. He has had lots of time on the pitch with us and it has done him good.

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“A lot of young lads can forget what it’s like to play competitive football if they’re not getting in the first team.We wish Harvey all the best and if things don’t work out for him at Fleetwood then we would welcome him back to Lowestoft with open arms.”

Jake Reed limped off against Hednesford in midweek but Gallagher revealed the Blues’ top goalscorer was merely taken off as a precaution and should be fit for the trip to Chorley this afternoon.

“He (Reed) hasn’t played a lot of football lately and was carrying an ankle knock but he should be fine.

“He’s struck up a nice understanding with Ryan Jarvis in recent weeks and it’s good to see that quality really coming through.”

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