Clitheroe boss calls for killer instinct

PROLIFIC: Lloyd Dean scored twice on Saturday.
PROLIFIC: Lloyd Dean scored twice on Saturday.

Clitheroe are desperate to get back to winning ways after a fourth consecutive league game without a victory.

The Blues conceded an 88th minute leveller against Salford City on Saturday leaving manager Simon Garner to rue a host of missed opportunities.

“It was really frustrating. We were by far the better team. It felt like a defeat when we got back into the dressing room but after having a bit of time to think about it, we played well. It’s all a learning curve.

“We probably should be killing games off more and we need to make sure we play for the full 90 minutes and not just the 88. Rome wasn’t built in a day though. We want to do well this season obviously but we’re looking at building a team ready for next season as well.”

Striker Lloyd Dean netted twice in the game against Salford to take his tally for the season up to 12 and Garner said he had been hugely impressed with the prolific marksman’s effort since taking over.

“He’s been doing really well. He’s got loads of ability and since we took over he’s been great. At the moment he’s in the right place at the right time and he’s reaping the rewards.”

Clitheroe take on Cammell Laird away on Saturday. The Blues are unbeaten in the league since Garner took over in mid-October, winning five and drawing one, and he now wants to see that form taken on the road.

“It’s going to be a difficult place to go. The conditions will be bad but it’s one of those places you need to go to and get a result if you want to have a good season. We need to start getting more points away and this would be a good place to start.”

Cammell Laird is the first of four games in 12 days including Padiham at home on Boxing Day and Garner said he can’t wait for what promises to be a fascinating derby.

“We’ve got Saturday’s game first and that our priority but I am looking forward to Padiham on Boxing Day. Our fans at home have been superb and I think the attendances have increased every game since we’ve been here. We want as many as possible to come down for the Padiham game. It should be a great atmosphere. It’s one of the reasons our home form has been so good and we want to continue to make Shawbridge a fortress.

“The games over Christmas are so close together. It’s where the squad comes into play. We have a couple of lads on loan. One goes back after Saturday and the other one could be called back anytime over Christmas so I may have a few changes forced upon me.”