The Blues go into a double-header of away games with a trip to Macclesfield first on the agenda this weekend.
And, with three wins on the bounce on our travels, manager John Sheridan spoke once again about the need to replicate that form in front of our own fans at Brunton Park.
“I wouldn’t say I’m relieved to have two away games coming up because I always think we have a better chance of winning at home,” he insisted. “That sounds daft, but that’s the way it tends to work. The frustrating thing is that if teams look at our record at the moment they’ll be looking forward to coming up here.
“That needs to change and we’ll do that by working hard. One criticism I have had since coming here is that we’re far too quiet, and that’s another problem for us. Without Anthony Gerrard at the weekend it was really noticeable.
“Young Regan Slater is the noisiest player after Gerrard, and that needs to get better, because anyone can speak and organise. We’re a team that just doesn’t do that sort of thing naturally, but this sounds like I’m looking for excuses, and I don’t want to do that.
“There’s enough experience in the team to know it’s about organising and getting a grip of people. If something’s going wrong, get a grip of it. We just seem to let things go by and then these situations come back to haunt you.
“When you’re at home, the fans expect you to get every pass right and score goals when you create chances. That’s the way it is at home, you’ve got to be strong mentally and I think we’re something coming short with that.”
On the absence of defender Gerrard, who served a one-match suspension following an incident during the goal celebrations at Bury, he said: “We did miss him on Saturday, but he’s got to learn that he shouldn’t be getting involved in things, because all it means is that he misses games.
“I don’t want to get into it too much, it’s been and gone, but it’s pathetic that he had to serve a suspension. I’ve watched the video and he’s done nothing wrong, he’s actually trying to calm the situation down. However, it’s done, so we move on.”
A bright spark from the Saturday home game was another eye-catching cameo from teenager Liam McCarron, who came on for the final 20 minutes of the game.
“I thought Liam Mccarron was excellent and it’s great to see a young lad come on like that,” he said. “I don’t want to bring him up too much, because he’s a young lad making his way, but you could see the lift it gave everyone because of the way he went about his game.
“He was getting the ball and running at people, he got crosses in and he was just positive. Every time he got the ball you could hear people thinking that something was going to happen.
“I shouldn’t be talking about Liam really, I should be talking about the other lads because I don’t expect a teenager to come and show the others what they should be doing, but full credit to him. He’s got a bright future and a bit of belief in himself.
“He’s a player who isn’t doing himself any harm. He’s still young and a bit naïve, but he was the one giving Morecambe something to think about. He knows himself that he’s still learning but the potential is there for him to be a really good player.”
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