Farsley Celtic gaffer Clayton Donaldson is anticipating a tough test against Curzon Ashton on Tuesday — but says his side go into the home game with confidence off the back of a five-match unbeaten run.
“Curzon recently changed managers after the departure of Adam Lakeland but they have kept their form going and have kept on picking up points.
“They’re on a good run and sit in seventh in the league with games in hand so we know we’ll have to be at our best.
“But we’re on a good run ourselves and go into the game with confidence. We know we will have to be at 100% but I do feel we have turned a corner and we have a good team here.”
Clayton feels our home defeat at Darlington was a turning point.
He’s already gone on the record over concerns about refereeing decisions going against the Celts and a run of bad luck which cost us points, particularly at home.
“It was both those factors and we’ve suffered less from those in recent games,” Clayton said.
“Another factor is we are showing a lot more desire. In the Darlington match we lost most of our individual battles, and if you don’t win them then you’re going to struggle, no matter what league you’re in.
“Since then we’ve been winning our battles, we’ve been winning our challenges, we’ve been competing, our concentration has been better and we have been solid defensively.
“That has been reflected in our recent results. We’re harder to beat. We know we have good players and we are now starting to show how strong we can be as a team.”
- Read Clayton Donaldson’s column in our match day programme.
The match kicks off at The Citadel at 7.45pm.
The Celts have been without a game for a fortnight, which has helped their injury situation. Tom Allan is now fit, and The Celts have been bolstered by Isaac Assenso’s return from loan and the arrival of experienced striker Michael Coulson. Darren Stephenson is still out injured and Lewis Turner is stepping up his rehabilitation after a long-term injury.
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