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Lloyd Calls For Stockport Focus Ahead Of Bid To Reach Play-Offs

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Stockport County’s Danny Lloyd says the side cannot take anything for granted as they look to secure a play-off place in the Vanarama National League North writes Tom Feaheny.

County at present are seventh in the division and just two points off getting into the play-off places. They next face teams that are in the bottom-half of the table but Lloyd said.

“On paper we have the easiest run in but we are playing players who are fighting to stay up. We have some tricky away games as well, we know we have to grind wins out.

It’s been a good season, as a club it’s been the best one so far at this level. Everyone will class it as a failure if we don’t make the play-offs, I don’t see it that way. I think the club is on the way up.”

Lloyd was also full of praise for Jim Gannon who is currently in his third spell with the club, after returning in 2016.

“The gaffer is back and he is great. We have a good set of players both on the pitch and also in the dressing room. Everyone is down to earth and knows their job.

“Jim is a great boss, he has managed at a much higher level than where he is now, he loves the club. He could manage in a different league but he wants to give all for this team.”

County have the best average crowds in the division and Lloyd said he appreciates the support they have.

“We have gates higher than some League One teams, our support is the best I’ve played for. Every club I’ve played at, I’ve had a good relationship but here is just great. Even away from home they turn up for us.”

Lloyd has impressed this season and speaking about his form he said.

“I know I score a good amount of goals, I did it at Fylde, I said at the start of the season I would guarantee goals and I have done that. When I got 20 I knew my next aim was to get 30, I just want to get as many goals as possible.”

These goals have seen him being linked to other clubs, speaking of the interest Lloyd said.

“I was asked in January and I’ll say it now, I’m contracted until the end of the season. I don’t have an eye on a move elsewhere, my focus is on helping the club go up.”

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I work as a freelance journalist for The Non-League Paper, Yorkshire Evening Post, Yorkshire Post, North-West Evening Mail and others, based in Yorkshire, I am always at a game on a Tuesday and Saturday when the season is on, I started following non-league at the age of 10 and have been hooked ever since.

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