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Gannon Wants More as Reds Start New Era

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Jim Gannon wants his Stockport County side to have more life about them at Alfreton Town tomorrow afternoon, who begin the start of their post Nicky Law era.

Manager Gannon was pleased with last weekend’s 3-1 home win over Stalybridge Celtic but said his players appeared a little tired after a heavy schedule.

They travel to the Impact Arena knowing three points will only act to strengthen their Vanarama National League North play-off position.

But they take on an Alfreton side who begin a new period in their history and will want to start it on a high. Last weekend was Nicky Law’s final game after 10 years picking their team.

They secured a fantastic win over Gainsborough Trinity and now it’s over to Russ O’Neill, Law’s assistant, to carry on his good work.

He has a tough first game in charge as Gannon believes his team will be fresher come kick-off than they have been for a while.

“I’m expecting a far more energetic and purposeful performance from us this weekend,” the former Northwich manager said.

“We knew our last match last weekend wasn’t going to be easy and Stalybridge didn’t give up but we need to show a bit more in our legs. The games have been coming thick and fast.

“Everything else is low priority now, it’s about the league and it’s about getting recovery time into the players.

“The Alfreton game will be demanding but it’s another good opportunity to strengthen our position in the table.”

Stockport are fifth in the table and Gannon added: “every game is crucial from now on.”

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