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Rams: We need to show respect
RAMSBOTTOM United joint manager Anthony Johnson has urged his revitalised side to show Wakefield respect in tomorrow’s Evo-Stik League First Division North encounter (3pm).
The Rams head to the lowly West Yorkshire outfit on the back of a stunning midweek 6-0 success over previously unbeaten Lancaster City.
It is not the first time this season they have raised their game for a clash with one of the league’s leading teams.
But now Johnson wants the 15th-placed Rams to show they can deal with the expectancy of beating sides like 19th-placed Wakefield.
He said: “Lancaster were unbeaten and came into the game having won 6-0 themselves so there was a bit of trepidation with how we have started in the league.
“But like against Darlington in the league and Stocksbridge Park Steels in the FA Cup we proved too good for them.
“I think a lot of it is because teams like Lancaster may look at the league table, see where we are, and come out positive.
“That played into our hands. We are a very good side, it’s just we’ve had a number of players missing.
“Don’t get me wrong it was a good game and Lancaster are a very good side themselves, it’s just everything came together for us on the night.
“Now we’ve got to start winning the games we’re expected to pick up points from.
“Mossley and Padiham hadn’t won before they played us but they both turned us over.
“We have to show these sides respect and earn our right to play.”
The Rams’ injury problems are behind them and with key personnel back, Johnson admits the players are ‘enjoying their football again’.
Johnson and fellow joint manager Bernard Morley will be without Gary Stopforth against Wakefield tomorrow after the midfielder was hit by a one-match ban for accumulating five yellow cards.
But captain Andy Dawson will be available after having his suspension overturned.
Clitheroe are also in action and they are at home to third-placed Kendal Town tomorrow (3pm).
The 18th-placed Blues, who were knocked out of the FA Trophy in midweek, have not won in five league and cup matches.
Padiham, one place above Clitheroe in 17th, are away to fourth-placed Warrington Town (3pm).
Chorley are without a Premier Division match after their scheduled visitors to Victory Park, Rushall Olympic, were reinstated into the FA Cup.
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