10:00AM, Saturday 18 March 2017
Harry Wheeler believes his side can upset the odds by coming away from York Road with at least a point today (Saturday).
The joint caretaker manager of Welling United, who is in temporary charge of the Wings alongside Tristan Lewis, says his team shouldn’t feel any pressure against the league leaders as they have generally played well against the best teams in National League South.
“We know it’ll be a tough game,” he said.
“But actually we have done well against the top six teams.
“Also we’ve only lost two of our last eight which, considering the side was losing all the time at the start of the season, is a real turnaround.
“The thing is the players are calmer now, they don’t panic when they go behind.
“We (the joint managers) are here to take the pressure off the players and let them play their game.
That’s probably why we have done OK against the bigger teams because there’s no pressure on us.”
He added: “We’ll go there and try to nullify them and see what happens. But it’s all down to what happens on the day.”
Wheeler is fully aware of the Magpies’ strengths and knows some of the players personally.
He said: “I’ve been around this league for the last four or five years. I’ve coached James Comley and I know Dave Tarpey, so we know what threat they pose.
“Tarps has linked up well with Sean Marks and we know that they can be quite direct.
“But it’s more about us. Whether we show up on the day.”
Wheeler and Lewis took over the reins in January after Loui Fazakerley was sacked after 10 months in the hot-seat and with the side in the relegation zone.
Things have improved since then and the Wings are up to 15th in the table.
“We have turned things around at home, but our away form is still inconsistent,” Wheeler admitted.
“We need to turn our home form into our away form.
“We have been a bit Jekyll and Hyde, but we have some good players and are looking to do well. We still have Ebbsfleet to play away also, so we have some tough matches coming up and Saturday is one of them. We need to apply ourselves, but we can do that.”
He added: “Our first target is to be mathematically safe from relegation and we want that soon. Then we want to get as many points as we can.
"If we can finish in the top half, that would be great.”
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