PREVIEW: 'Tough' Truro test awaits but McGregor confident
PUBLISHED: 18:30 17 January 2019
Weston-super-Mare boss Marc McGregor has called on his players to show the same attitude and desire which bought them a point last weekend ahead of Saturday's visit to Truro City.
Time is running out for Weston to escape the relegation mire, with 16 games remaining after the 1-1 draw at Eastbourne Borough – but the Seagulls boss saw plenty which encouraged him in a ‘dominant’ second-half performance.
The visitors came from behind to level the score in the closing stages, and were inches away from a late winner when Gethyn Hill’s long-range effort rattled the woodwork.
McGregor said: “It was a tough game against Easbourne, they’re a good side with some good attacking players and it was a real test for our young back four. I thought we did really well.
“In the second half we dominated the ball and on another day we would have got a few goals and Geth’s screamer goes in and we win the game comfortably.
“It’s a point gained and if we continue to play like that we’re going to be OK.”
The Seagulls travel to Truro’s Treyew Road on Saturday, having been beaten there 4-0 in the FA Trophy just a month ago.
Utility man Jake Lee is due to return to the fold from the suspension he picked up against Billericay Town, but the Weston boss is managing a squad struggling with niggles – while Jason Pope and Jarrad Welch are sidelined with more significant injuries.
McGregor, however, is confident his basement boys – who sit seven points from safety – can return from Cornwall with three points, and he is certain to be encouraged by the Seagulls improved attacking impetus brought about by a change in formation.
“It’s going to be another tough game,” he said. “It will be a completely different surface to the 3G one we played on at Eastbourne, but we will go there and put a dogged performance in.
“We need to pick up points. We got a point at Eastbourne and we need to build on that at Truro and pick up three.
“We will evaluate the players because we’ve got a few knocks and a small squad which doesn’t help, but we’ve got players like Tom Llewellyn and Ben Swallow who can come in make an impact for the club.”