Shaw: Winning mentality is key for next season as well as 2014/15 conclusion for Worksop Town

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A winning finish to the 2014/15 campaign will stand Worksop Town in good stead for next season, regardless of what league they’ll play in.

Boss Mark Shaw was delighted to see his men bounce back from two straight defeats to record an emphatic 5-1 win at Barton on Wednesday.

And he’s targetting another six points from the final two outings, to keep fighting until the league title is mathematically impossible.

Hinting that he already has an eye on the 2015/16 season, Shaw said: “That was one hell of a reaction to two defeats.”

“We lost two, one of them was down to our mistakes and the other probably should habe been a draw.”

“And while it’s a bit disappointing that they put in a performance like that when we find ourselves so far away (from Shaw Lane), I can’t express my delight enough at how they performed.”

“We’ve got to finish off winning, to go into next season with that mentality.”

“We targetted nine points, we’ve got three, and we’ll see what happens - the winning mentality is massive for the build up to next season, no matter what league we’re in.”

Shaw suggested that the midweek performance, Worksop’s best since beating Shaw Lane last month, was perhaps aided by a lack of pressure and playing away from home.

“Maybe we’ve got an issue at home,” he said.

“I can’t put my finger on it, players sometimes play better away from home.”

“Is it because they feel the pressure? Or don’t get the encouragement they need?”

“I get frustrated at home because I get so many negative comments, probably from people I don’t see all the time.”

“But the people who come home and away, you get a buzz from them.”

The game at Barton featured a strong contender for goal of the season, Sam Liversidge’s spectacular volley delighting everyone in the ground bar the hosts and officials.

Shaw said: “It’s some goal, I’ve just watched it on the video. It’s that good a hit.”