Tony Cousins faces one of his biggest games since he joined the club as his under pressure team face a fast improving Mervue United at City Calling Stadium on Saturday evening next, kick-off 7.30pm.
Mervue are currently in fourth place seven points behind the Town and just one behind third place Waterford United who are also on a good run of late.
The Town are experiencing a similar slump like last season and one hopes that manager Cousins can lift the team with only ten games left.
Last season we had the excuse of a long list of injuries which left the manager short seven players at one stage and this season we also have injuries but not to the extent of last season.
Currently the injury list includes Des Hope, Mark Salmon, Ethan Nkololo, Michael Isichei and Michael Lee but another problem is the amount of players out due to suspension.
Last weekend Willie Tyrell and Keith Quinn missed the game against Cobh through suspension and Longford also lost the injured Gary Shaw in the first few minutes due to a clash of heads.
Noel Haverty will miss this weekend’s game against Mervue through suspension for his sending off at St Colman’s Park and he will be sorely missed in defence but with Willie Tyrell coming back the Town have the option of moving Corie Treacy to the right full position.
The return of Keith Quinn should strengthen the midfield where unfortunately manager Cousins has failed to get a central player.
Its essential that the Town’s form improves as they now only lead the table by one point from our near neighbours Athlone.
Five points from the last five games is a poor return from a team that is hoping to get into Premier Division football next season.
Recent defeats to Athlone and Cobh coupled by draws against Finn Harps and Salthill Devon and a 2-1 victory over Waterford United is not championship winning form.
Since Athlone beat the Town at Lissywollen they have not conceded a goal and during the same period the Town have conceded eight, including five penalties.
Athlone Town are very much the form team at the moment while Waterford United are also in top form as are the visitors from Galway, Mervue United. Longford Town FC are appealing for a big crowd at City Calling Stadium next Saturday for this crucial game in the quest for a vital victory.
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