Craig Elliott has challenged his Boston United squad to finish the National League North campaign in style.
The Pilgrims sit third in the table with 10 games to go and, following Saturday’s draw at Curzon Ashton, manager Elliott is demanding his squad finish with a flurry.
“We all have to keep perspective. If you were to say with 10 games to go in this league we’d be third I think I’d have taken that,” he said.
“It’s not all doom and gloom, but I’m looking for more from the players.
“I’ve got to do. We’re going into the business end now and all these a games are going to be tight. We need their quality to shine now.”
Boston have only suffered one defeat in their past 11 league games.
However, a six-game winning run has been followed up by two draws and a defeat in the past three matches.
Elliott believes that has killed his side’s hopes of catching leaders York City and second-place King’s Lynn.
But with the top seven sides in with a chance of promotion courtesy of the play-offs, there is still all to play for.
But Elliott wants his attackers to be more clinical following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the Nash, which saw Jordan Thewlis rediscover his scoring touch, netting his 16th goal of the campaign and his first since December 16.
“We’ve got good players. Players who have dropped down and players who, at this level, are proven,” Elliott added.
“They’re not showing that at the minute, but they’ve had enough chances.
“A point away from home in this league, I’m always going to be respectful about.
“Obviously, where we wanted to chase the teams above us, that’s now dead, and it’s points dropped from that perspective.”
United face a vitally-important league clash at Chester on Saturday as third travel to face sixth at the Deva Stadium (KO 3pm).
Boston sit four points ahead of the Seals and are desperate to extend their advantage in the table.
Chester suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at basement side Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday, with United old boy Tom Clare amongst the goalscorers.
Prior to that result, Chester were beaten 3-2 at home by Brackley Town.
However, the Blues had won their previous four home league games at the expense of King’s Lynn, Blyth Spartans, Darlington and Southport.
United and Chester played out a 1-1 draw at York Street on the opening day of the league season.