Housham: Fans must stay positive with Jordan
Steve Housham has called on Gainsborough Trinity supporters to not change their positive attitude towards loanee Jordan Thomas.
The 18-year-old midfielder, through no fault of his own, has found himself at the centre of Trinity's FA Cup disqualification controversy.
It was the paperwork surrounding his move from Lincoln City which the FA claim they had not received in time for him to play in the second qualifying round clash against Rushall Olympic.
And the Trinity boss is concerned that a small section of the Gainsborough Trinity fans might target the teenager for 'unfair' treatment.
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"I know and you know and everyone knows that this has nothing to do with Jordan," said Housham.
"But it does happen sometimes and I don't want people pointing their finger at an 18-year-old kid.
"There might be a section of fans who blame the boy, but it has nothing whatsoever to do with him."
While awaiting the result of their appeal to be reinstated into the FA Cup, Housham insists his side must prepare for the trip to Stockport as normal.
The Blues boss believes the club's appeal will be successful and so the team will need to be properly prepared for the FA Cup third qualifying round clash.
"We are unbeaten in five games so we will go there confident in ourselves," said Housham.
"But Stockport have also picked up recently and have had some great results in their last four or five games, so they will also be confident and it will be a tough, tough match."
Gainsborough do have some injury concerns ahead of the weekend.
Both goalkeeper Phil Barnes and defender Tom Ward were excused training on Tuesday to give them the best chance of being ready for Saturday.
The club is also hoping Ciaran Toner will have recovered from his head injury to play some part on Saturday.
"Cairan was not quite ready last week, but he was training on Tuesday night and it looks a lot more positive," added Housham.
"He could come into the equation this week. I will certainly not push him, it will be up to the player in the end.
"It is a wound to the head and he may feel he can strap it up sufficiently to play."
Meanwhile, Housham was sad to see loan player Rhys Oates leave the club.
It was hoped that the Barnsley striker would extend his stay in Gainsborough by another month.
"We talked to Rhys and it became obvious that he wanted to be playing a bit higher," said Housham.
"He is from a Championship club and we can understand that. I think he wants to be at a Football League club and we wish him all the best with that.
"He was probably my first choice striker, so we are sorry to see him leave, but I like the kid and I hope he gets the move he wants."