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Restoring the fortress

Ardley feels united front can end sticky spell

6 December 2019

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Neal Ardley has called on supporters to turn out in their numbers when we host Sutton on Saturday to help us rebuild momentum following a challenging run of results.

Advance adult ticket prices have been reduced to just £10 for the match as we look to end our four-match winless run in the Vanarama National League.

And the boss hopes for a boisterous atmosphere at Meadow Lane this weekend.

“The more home fans we get in creating an atmosphere that isn't pleasant for the opposition, the better chance we’ve got of going on a run,” said Ardley.

“It’s the players’ job to get the fans going and excite them by performing with intensity.

“There’s also a great saying I’ve heard – ‘enjoy us when we’re playing well and support us when we’re not’.

“We’re going through a sticky spell at the moment, so the more people getting behind us and helping us, the better.

“Like most teams visiting us, Sutton will try to quieten the crowd.

"As a team and as fans, we all need to say no to that because we want to get Meadow Lane back to the fortress it was.”

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Ardley hopes that work done on the training ground comes to fruition at the weekend, as we look to rectify the issues we’ve encountered recently.

“We know what’s cost us of late and the numbers speak for themselves,” he said. “We create chances, but in our last six we've conceded 14, whereas in the previous six we conceded four.

“You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see we’ve been more lackadaisical in our defending.

“We’ve made tweaks to stop ourselves being open but defending balls into our box is a huge part of the game in lower leagues.

“That’s been our downfall. We know what we need to do to rectify it, but this is football so it’s not that easy.

“It’s something the boys know how to do, though, so we have to focus and execute.

“We’re creating plenty of chances and playing nice attacking football so I believe we can achieve good things if we tidy up our defending.”

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“I’ve said to the boys, if we don’t concede more than one in a game for 10 matches, we’ll have a great chance of winning because we score one-and-a-half on average,” Ardley continued.

“We feel we have a good group and if they stick to the plan, cutting out the odd mistake or two will make all the difference.

“We’ve got to get going again and build that momentum because we don’t want to give ourselves too much to do in the final third of the season.”

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