Mark Shaw feels deflated after two disappointing defeats, but he is urging his Tigers side to bounce back and make a play-off finish a certainty.
Four more points will see Tigers secure a top five finish, with Blyth, Rushall and Skelmersdale all still able to surpass them mathematically.
Speaking after losses to the latter two clubs, Shaw told the Guardian: “I know we’re an attacking side who score a lot of goals but you’ve got to defend, and there have been four goals poorly defended in the last two games.”
“I feel really deflated, a bit let down because a week ago we delivered almost the perfect performance, and we’re looking for a bit of consistency.”
“We’ve been right up there with the leaders, and while we don’t know what will happen in the title race, we now have to make sure we get into the play-offs.”
It wasn’t just the defending that annoyed the manager on Tuesday night at Skelmersdale, but his side’s decision making on the ball.
“We spoke to them at half-time about making good decisions.”
“We gave away possession a lot, especially when chasing the game.”
“The players want to do their best for the club, but it is frustrating watching from the sideline when you can see there’s a better option on.”
With no game this weekend, Tigers have a chance to regroup and raise the spirits in the camp.
Shaw said: “The weekend off has come at the right time, we can get together, go and train and have a bit of a social to improve morale.”