With several players now returning from injury, captain Gary Liddle spoke of the boost the returns provide ahead of Saturday’s tough home tie against top-of-the-table Scunthorpe United.
Returning duo Liam O’Neil and Dion Donohue featured for the second time in four days, while there were also cameos from the bench for Paul McGinn and Ched Evans during the side’s 1-0 home defeat to Fleetwood Town.
“It is great to see them back,” Liddle said. “We have got a very small squad as it is, we can’t afford to have two or three injuries, never mind the seven, eight or nine that we have had.
“O’Neill is one who has been thrown in at the deep end a little bit, he has had seven months out, played the full game on Saturday and then followed that up with another 60 to 70 minutes. He has done really well, although he is feeling the effects a little bit through the lungs.
“It is also really good to have Paul McGinn and Ched Evans back, Evans looked really bright when he came on, and hopefully Conor Wilkinson is not out for too long and we will have all of them back.”
Despite the positives that it provided, the midfielder conceded that it was frustrating to have so many chances in the game, but once again miss out on the three points.
“It is very frustrating,” he said. “It is a pretty dejected dressing room in there, I don’t know how many exactly, but we haven’t won in a few games now and that is something we need to turn around.
“We are not angry, we played quite well. We created numerous chances, corners and put the ball in the box numerous times, but we just weren’t clinical enough.
“We played well generally but we were outdone by the sucker punch in the first half. It was a sloppy goal – a great finish from the lad – but very preventable, which is what hurts us.”
“I have said many times that there are such fine margins in winning games in this league. There have been some strange results again tonight and that just proves that if you can get the first goal then you are going to have a very good chance of winning the game.”
The captain asserted that the defeat is already behind the side and that they are raring to go against Scunthorpe, where a change of luck could sway the result.
“Scunthorpe have had a disappointing result during the week at Oldham and will be looking for a reaction from that and likewise from us. We will be looking to put on another decent performance, we were pleased with our performance tonight, just not the result.”
“We just need to stick together, the lad’s heads haven’t dropped and everyone is looking forward to Saturday. We have made a point of that, keep working hard, keep training hard and that luck will change.
“That Gboly Ariyibi shot that hits the post, that will go in and then we will have a turn of results that could see us propel up the league. We have all said it, we need to be a little bit more ruthless.”
“At home especially we are creating numerous chances, it is just putting those chances in the back of the net, which we haven’t done enough recently. We will go on, we will see how Saturday goes and hopefully we will spin the result.”