LEE Sinnott wants the J.Davidson Stadium to be ‘rocking’ when Altrincham make their final push for promotion back to the Conference Premier against Guiseley on Saturday (3pm).
The Alty boss echoed a sentiment expressed by several players on social media that a vibrant home crowd had inspired their side to a dramatic play-off semi-final win over Hednesford last Saturday.
It looked ominous for Alty after going behind in the 78th minute, but, roared on by a near-2,000 crowd, they bounced back with two goals in little over 60 seconds to seal a 4-3 aggregate win and spark scenes of wild celebration.
Alty are expecting a gate upwards of 2,500 this time, with home fans again having all the Popular Side, as well as the Golf Road end, and an estimated 500-strong travelling support housed in the away end or main stand.
The stage is set, and Sinnott is calling on players and supporters to turn it on again and help make it a day to remember for all concerned.
“The encouragement from the fans at 1-0 down spurred us on and played a big part in us turning it round,” he said. “I firmly believe that, and I hope there will be even more Altrincham fans inside the ground on Saturday and they will make even more noise.
“I want it as loud as possible. I want the place rocking. The fans were magnificent last season in the play-offs and created some memorable scenes against Brackley, but I thought the decibels were even higher last Saturday. It was a great atmosphere, and the players responded to it.
“The exit door was opening with 12 minutes left, but the players were brave, and kept playing their football, and I was proud of them for that. When we got ourselves level, there might have been thoughts of extra time, but I just sensed we had a chance to settle it there and then.
“I remember we had a throw-in right in front of where I was standing, and I shouted at anyone within earshot: ‘We can win this’. I just felt that, without being gung-ho, if we were positive about what we had just done, we could get another goal. Sure enough, with quality on the pitch and fantastic backing on the sidelines, we did, and it was a sweet moment.
“Now it’s down to who handles the occasion better. You’ve got two teams with a similar approach, and we have to concentrate on playing our football. When we do that, we are at our best.
“The message to the players will be the same as before the semi-final first leg. We are here to win. Don’t be gung-ho, but have a positive mindset and make sure you give it your best. As long as they go for it, they will do no wrong by me.”