DEWSBURY boss Lee Greenwood says he is confident his side have enough in the tank to avoid relegation – regardless of whether they win or lose this weekend.
The Rams’ 24-21 defeat at York last week was their fourth in a row in all competitions, leaving them just above Sunday’s opponents Barrow in the Championship table on points difference but with a game in hand.
If the Raiders win when they visit the Tetley’s Stadium (kick-off, 3pm) they will leapfrog their hosts in the league, leaving Dewsbury filling the final relegation spot above Rochdale Hornets.
But Greenwood has played down the significance of the clash, saying they’ll have enough chances in the coming weeks to escape the drop – if they can find some consistency.
“Nothing’s going to get sorted on Sunday either way,” said Greenwood.
“Whichever team loses isn’t going to be relegated and whichever team wins isn’t going to be safe.
“It obviously will be a blow to whichever one doesn’t come away with a win, but it’s not to say that that’s it for them either.
“It is a pivotal game as in we’re right next to each other in the table and it delivers a blow to the other one, but I’m confident that if the team turns up like they can do every single week – even if the worst happened on Sunday I’m confident that there’s enough in there if we turn up with the right mindset that we can beat other teams along the way and get ourselves away from trouble.”
The Rams chief admitted that his side are “doing it tough” at the minute – the York loss being their third game in the space of eight days for the part-time team.
And he said that defeat summed up Dewsbury’s season, losing several tight games when they’ve been in a winning position.
“We’ve been through a few games this season where we’ve played quite well over the course of the game and put ourselves in a position to win, but for whatever reason in the last five or 10 minutes we’ve lost it,” Greenwood said.
“They do hurt when it’s like that, and where we are in the league table we could have done with a few more of those going in our favour.
“We did perform well (against York) and had a good intensity about what we were doing, but it’s about making sure we unlock that every single week and then we’ll pick up enough victories to get ourselves away from the bottom of the table and then we can look ahead.”
Dewsbury face fellow part-timers Sheffield, Halifax, and Rochdale in the coming weeks – teams that Greenwood believes, once he gets players back from injuries, the Rams can beat.
But he said they’ll be “struggling at the weekend”.
He added: “We picked up a couple of injuries from the team we had out on Sunday and we’re not 100 per cent if anybody can return after that.
“We’ve got Andy Gabriel suspended this week, Robbie Ward went off in the first five or 10 minutes and he won’t be right this week.
“So we’ll check on a few people that missed at the weekend, but none of those are definites.
“We are doing it a bit tough and when you’re losing everything hurts a bit more.”