No need to panic for Roofing – McLoughlin

NO PANIC ... Richie McLoughlin.
NO PANIC ... Richie McLoughlin.

RICHIE McLoughlin insists there is “no need to panic” as his Jarrow Roofing side look to get back to winning ways with a tough trip to Morpeth Town tomorrow.

The Roofers went down to their first league defeat since the start of November, as Whitley Bay won 2-1 in midweek to cap off a disappointing performance.

However, McLoughlin believes the squad will come back better than ever.

He said: “The lads were poor in midweek, things didn’t click, and it was probably the right result in the end.

“But we will be raring to go at Morpeth and ready to put Tuesday behind us. We can’t win every game – that’s just a part of football.

“There was no need for myself or Ian Davison to lay into the team, because we have been on a great run which was bound to end at some point. Right now, I’m just looking for the right response and to ensure we get back on track as quickly as possible.”

Morpeth come into the fixture on the back of four wins from their last five outings, and having not played a competitive fixture in over two weeks, Town will be well rested and ready to push the Roofers all the way.

“They are a side who like to pass the ball,” McLoughlin added. “I think it’s going to be a very fast paced, end-to-end game, so we will need to ensure our energy levels are right up there from the start.

“This style of play suits us down to the ground, though, so we need to get Tuesday’s game out of our heads and perform to our usual high standards – and I have every confidence the team will deliver.”

Morpeth won 3-1 in the reverse fixture at the Boldon CA Sports Ground.

Corey Barnes and Kyran Whitehead return to the squad for Roofing, while Alan Greenan misses out again and Wayne Phillips is a doubt.

Kick-off at Craik Park is at 3pm.