Worksop Town need to be brave and make good decisions in their 12 remaining ‘cup final’ fixtures this season.
With leaders Chorley seeing their commanding lead slashed after a run of four games without a win, Tigers are poised to make a run at the Northern Premier title.
Assistant manager Pete Shuttleworth spoke to the players after Saturday’s scrappy win over Stocksbridge, and wants them to grasp the size of the opportunity they have.
“We’ve got the points and we’re happy but as a group we acknowledge that the performance wasn’t up to our standard,” he said.
“We’re that close, there are 12 big games to go so we’ve just reaffirmed one or two things with the players to get them going again.”
“It’s a cliche but we have 12 cup finals and who knows, if we win most of them we could be celebrating come the end of the season.”
“I don’t think the players realise sometimes how close they are to that success.”
Shuttleworth also wants to see more of the fluid football Tigers play in training, when they’re in match situations.
“We’ve got to make sure they’re braver,” he said.
“In training it’s one touch, two touches and they’re very brave on the ball.”
“Sometimes when you come to a Saturday, the pitch is a bit more bobbly than what we train on, it becomes a bit of a battle.”