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Paul Cox’s Lions side return to Vanarama National League action on Saturday hosting Bromley, kick-off at Nethermoor is at 3pm.
We come into the fixture in good form, unbeaten in seven matches in all competitions.
The visitors have started well this season and sit 7th in the table, their last away league defeat was on 23rd September at The Shay Stadium.
The Ravens were dumped out of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday after a 4-0 defeat at Rochdale.
The boss was happy with his side’s display in Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup tie with Accrington Stanley “I thought the way we imposed ourselves on the game was a credit to the boys. We have come up against a goalkeeper who looked world class, some of the saves he pulled off in the first half were absolutely out of this world. ”
“I am just pleased with the boys, this was about putting a smile on everyone at the clubs face particularly the supporters, to reach that elusive second round that everyone keeps telling me about.”
Paul has also seen signs which are good for the future progression of the squad “I am happy that way we are building, I think everyone who came will know we are working hard and evolving. We have got to be happy with where we are at this stage in the clubs development.”
“We are learning, we have got a lot of players who are still learning the game at this level of football, there is an understanding there and we are getting better.”
Cox also was grateful of the supporters backing at Nethermoor on Sunday “I am happy for the supporters, they have come out in their droves today and witnessed a proper cup tie.”
Ash Palmer is relishing his role since Cox took over as manager “Since Paul has come in he has been good with the lads, made everything simplistic and told everyone what he wants them to do, the lads are buying into it and the results are coming a long way.”
He was also keen to point out that the good form needs to continue “We have got to keep this run going, keep the consistent performances coming week in week out.”
Following Danny Lowe’s injury the centre back has been wearing the captains armband “The gaffer has chose me and its been good filling in for Lowey.”
Reece Thompson returned to action in Tuesday night’s 6-0 win at Garforth Town with four goals “I am just happy to get out there and get a full 90 minutes under my belt, it is good to get out there again scoring goals.”
However the striker was tiring towards the end but still managed to strike the post with a shot from range “It was good, I am not going to lie I was feeling it a bit towards the end.”
The number 9 thinks the County Cup is a good competition for players who have been out of action “Raul has been out for quite a while and it was his first game so for lads like him it is really important to get game time and get match fit. The games are there to keep you in shape, keep sharp and make you available for the league games.”
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