Richie McLoughlin has called on his Jarrow Roofing players to show some heart ahead of tomorrow night’s Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup clash against Easington Colliery.
The Roofers make the trip down to County Durham to take on the Ebac Northern League Division Two side in a First Round tie, and come into the game on the back of a disappointing draw against Chester-le-Street Town last time out.
McLoughlin has urged his players to respond in the right manner following last Saturday’s draw and believes Easington, who have taken four points from their last two league games and sit fifth in Division Two, deserve to be treated with respect.
“Even though we came back and got a late leveller against Chester-le-Street, I still feel as though it was two points dropped,” he said.
“I felt as though the game was in our hands, and we will have to see how the players respond to that setback, but I’m expecting them to do so.
“Football is all about playing with heart, and our players will need to show that if they want to progress in this competition.
“This is not a bad competition to win, and Easington will be looking to turn us over.
“I’m expecting them to come out and work really hard against us, so it’s up to us to match that work rate.
“Our concentration levels have dipped at certain points throughout this season, but if our players concentrate on giving it maximum effort and staying alert, then I’m confident that we can get the win.
“I know we have some quality players here, but that quality will get you nowhere if you don’t work as a unit on the pitch.”
This fixture marks the start of a critical run of games for the South Tynesiders.
On Saturday, they face a home clash against Ebac Northern League Division One table-toppers North Shields at the Boldon CA Sports Ground, and then that is followed up a week after with a tough trip to Atherton Collieries in the first round proper of the Buildbase FA Vase.
However, injury problems continue to mount for the Roofing boss, and he admits that it may be difficult to keep everyone fresh ahead of this vital run.
“Kerry Hedley, Kris Hughes, Shaun Vipond and Alex White are all struggling, so Mark Collingwood and I will have to wait and see who we have available,” he added.
However, whoever we put out, we’re expecting a good performance.
“We are trying to make our team hard to beat, and only time will tell as to whether we’re getting it right.
“After the matches with Easington, North Shields and Atherton Collieries, I believe we will finally start to get a good idea of where this team is at in football terms.”
Kick-off at Easington’s Welfare Park is at 7:30pm.