Gavin Cowan wants AFC Telford's home form on their travels
Gavin Cowan is determined to dispel the notion that AFC Telford United cannot get it right on the road.
The Bucks travel to Derbyshire tomorrow to take on struggling Alfreton Town.
Cowan’s charges go into the encounter fresh off a 1-1 draw with Hereford at the New Bucks Head on Tuesday which extended the unbeaten run there to eight games – giving them the best home record in National League North.
They have only won once away though, losing their last three, and Cowan is keen to find more of a balance.
“I know it is a bit of a cliché but we take it game by game. Tomorrow is another game. It happens to be away and we need to put on a show, put to bed all this talk about our bad away form,” he said.
“That is my challenge to the players. Can they take that home form and go to Alfreton and put in a decent performance? That’s what we need to do.”
Telford have lost their last two visits to the Impact Arena.
Alfreton – managed by Billy Heath who has previously led both North Ferriby United and Halifax to promotion from the division – are six games without a win.
Cowan wants to see the Bucks dominate as they did against the Bulls, but find that cutting edge in order to come away with three points.
“My minimum requirement from the players is that they work hard and show desire – do a job and a half,” he said.
“If they do that, they’re going to be in any game because they’re full of quality.
“It’s just about working hard out of possession, and then in possession knowing the patterns that we want to play.”
Cowan knows it will not be easy though.
He believes Alfreton’s position in the table, 15th, is ‘quite false’.
“Alfreton are a good side. There’s a bit of experience in there and Billy Heath’s teams are always very competitive,” added Cowan.
“I think their position in the league is quite false as there’s not many points in it, is there?
“It’s going to be a tough game, but a tough game for them as well.”