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Forest Green Rovers visit Nethermoor on Saturday as Lockwood’s Lions look for another positive result against one of the promotion contenders.
Following the thumping by Dover Athletic Guiseley once again bounced back to record a 1-0 win at Southport on Saturday thanks to a fantastic goal from Kevan Hurst.
FGR have lost their last two matches including a 3-1 defeat at Sincil Bank and a shock 1-0 defeat at home against North Ferriby last weekend.
The visitors sit in third place seven points a drift of league leaders Lincoln City and second placed Tranmere Rovers so they will be looking to return to winning ways to keep in touch with the leaders.
Both sides have different aims with Guiseley looking to survive in the league for another season and FGR hoping to secure the title and a first shot at life in the EFL.
Adam Lockwood was delighted with his squad following Saturday’s win but was keen to stress the job is far from complete “We’re no where near, I want to finish as high as possible.”
“We’ve got some really tough games coming up.”
“We have to keep going and try get as many points as we can, every game that we take part in we want to win.”
Adam was also pleased to see his squad bounce back from the disappointment against Dover “Again a good reaction from the Dover defeat, every time we have had a set back we have had a great reaction, that is testament to those guys in the dressing room.”
Talking about the finish from Kevan Hurst the manager said “The goal was a bit of quality from Kevan, I would like to see that on more occasions from the whole team because we can exploit that and there is a lot of quality in the changing room.”
“The quality has got us the victory, alongside a great team performance, in general the game plan worked and more importantly the players on the pitch put it in place and executed it.
When asked about the teams his side are now above in the league Lockwood stated he only focuses on his team “Nobody else matters to me apart from Guiseley football club, we do our side of the bargain and do it to the best of our ability by getting as many points as possible and hopefully that will be enough come the end of the season.”
“The club deserves to take a lot of credit because of the way they are going about things, I can only thank every one connected.”
Talking about Saturday’s opponents the former FGR defender again stressed the importance of concentrating on your own jobs first “It doesn’t matter to me who we play, obviously different teams provide different challenges.”
“It will be a big challenge, we have already proven against big teams in this league that we can compete very well.”
“We’re playing a team who are up and around the top of the league but we have to make sure we are right first.”
Jordan Preston was also a happy man after the final whistle at Southport “It was all about getting the three points, it didn’t matter how pretty or ugly it was as long as we got the win.”
The number 19 came close on several occasions but it was Hurst’s goal which Preston was grateful for “I was pretty close, it just wouldn’t go in for me today but Kev has helped me out with a good strike at the end.”
Jordan also discussed the season so far and how it has changed from the first half of the campaign “After 13 games we were rock bottom of the table with three points, it was hard to see a way out.”
“Since Christmas we’ve been outstanding, we’ve given ourselves the best chance of staying up.”
When asked about Saturday’s visit of Forest Green Preston believes the Lions can take all three points “We go into every game now thinking we can win it.”