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Tough times for Guiseley's new boss Mark Bower as problems mount
9:55am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
Buy this photo » Guiseley manager Mark Bower and his assiant Chris Holland have a tough job
Guiseley’s caretaker manager Mark Bower is having a tough baptism.
The Lions have lost his two games at the helm 3-0 at Boston and 2-0 at home to Bradford Park Avenue and have slumped to 15th place in the Skrill North table.
And the signs are that things will not get any easier as they face promotion chasers Hednesford Town at Nethermoor on Saturday before playing hosts to Park Avenue in the FA Cup second qualifying round on September 28.
With away games against Altrincham and North Ferriby to follow, Bower needs to find answers to their three-game goal drought and loss of form.
That won’t be easy with injuries and a looming suspension for defender Jameel Ible looming after the young defender was sent off against Park Avenue after giving away a penalty.
Bower knows job has not been made any easier by the events of Tuesday night when his team gave a spirited performance but ended up on the wrong end of the scoreline.
He admitted: “I suppose that is welcome to management. Every- thing that could possibly go wrong for us tonight went wrong.
“I said to the players I am proud to be associated with them because of the commitment, the effort and the quality they showed. It is difficult to take when you lose 2-0.
“We lost Andy Holdsworth just before the kick off Matt Clarke in the warm up and Danny Ellis after ten to 15 minutes then we had a red card for Jameel Ible too.
“Hopefully I have used up all my bad luck in one go. Everything that could go wrong went wrong for us tonight if we can perform like that then the players can take confidence from the performance.”
Bower has been busy strength- ening his squad with goalkeeper Jon Worsnop and midfielder Michael Burns returning while Clarke has been brought in to strengthen the defence and striker Alex Johnson has been loaned from Halifax.
Bower was delighted with the way the energetic Johnson played against Park Avenue.
He said: “We asked AJ to play up front as the lone striker. It is a a difficult job as that lone striker against two good centre halves at this level.
“He was fantastic for us and just gave us that platform to get up the pitch to get the likes of Burnsy, Wayne Brooksby and Gavin Rothery on the ball.
“I though he should have won us two penalties and they should have had a player sent off for bringing him down when he was clean through.
“I had to bring him off on the end when he had cramp because he had run himself into the ground.”
Bower was happy to with the contribution of Burns who had been let go by previous boss Steve Kittrick before his sacking last week.
“Burnsy gives us that quality from the set pieces he puts into the box.”
Tonight Bower will be assessing the fitness of his squad before picking his side to face Hednesford.
“Matt Clarke went down in the warm up and it doesn’t look too clever. while Danny Ellis looks to have done a lot of damage.
“We will have to assess the injuries and get everybody running.
“Martin Stringfellow (physio) will be busy.”
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