We need a bit of luck to go our way, says Hockaday
FOREST Green manager Dave Hockaday has demanded an improvement in his side's away form, which is threatening to undermine their promotion hopes.
Rovers have won just once in six outings on the road this season, a 2-1 success at Skrill Premier strugglers Chester in August.
Tomorrow they make the trip to Alfreton Town (3pm), who are unbeaten at their Impact Arena home and can boast a record of five wins from six matches.
Hockaday admits his side have made too many individual errors this term – although he also feels they are due a change of luck.
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He said: "I think it's fair to say we haven't had a lot of decisions go for us from referees, and we're talking about major decisions that change games like the red card to Dale Bennett down at Welling.
"Obviously it was rescinded a couple of days later, but the damage had been done and we were left scratching our heads wondering how we lost that game.
"Having said that, we can only control the controllable and we have made life difficult for ourselves in certain games by making mistakes at both ends of the pitch.
"We were on the wrong end of a couple of decisions last week (against Gateshead) but we didn't let it affect us or the result, and that's what we have to do.
"There is no magic formula for winning games, either at home or away. It's about graft and individuals taking responsibility for their performances."
Hockaday will again be short of defensive options tomorrow, with Bennett struggling with a hip injury and Eddie Oshodi still unable to train after spending two nights in hospital last week with a fever.
Oshodi's regular partner in central defence Jamie Turley is also a major doubt with a hamstring strain, meaning Aarran Racine and on-loan Mansfield Town man George Pilkington are likely to keep their places.
Marcus Kelly (hamstring) and Matty Taylor (knee) must undergo late fitness tests but Hockaday will be able to call on the services of forward James Norwood, who missed last weekend's 1-0 victory over Gateshead through suspension.
Utility man Paul Green is back at the club after completing a month's loan at Hereford United, although he will have to make do with a place on the bench at best.
Nicky Law's Alfreton have suffered back-to-back away defeats, yet the part-timers from Derbyshire sit one place above Rovers in 11th after 12 matches.
The teams have already met at the New Lawn this term, Hockaday's men running out 3-1 winners on August 31 thanks to Norwood's brace and a Danny Wright strike.
Hockaday said: "You know Nicky's teams are always going to compete for everything and they have found a method of playing at home that is working very well.
"We will have to earn anything we want to get up there, but we expect nothing else in this league and we will be ready."