Kevin Wilson hailed his Ilkeston FC side following two impressive wins over Easter – and maintained his desire to see them keep pushing hard right to the end of the season.
The 3-1 win at home to Blyth Spartans on Saturday was swiftly followed by a 4-1 triumph at Worksop Town on Bank Holiday Monday, leaving manager Wilson purring over both performances.
And whilst a play-off spot remains a tough ask, Wilson is adamant that his side will not give up the fight.
He said: “Whilst it is still mathematically possible for us to reach the play-offs, I’ll be expecting the players to keep pushing to achieve it.
“We’ll have a big say in things over the next few games given we play sides who are all challenging at the top end, and there’s no reason why we can’t use it to our advantage.”
The Easter double saw the Robins move back to 12th spot in the table, and Wilson felt his team fully deserved both victories.
He said: “We put in two really good team performances and that was extremely pleasing. I’m delighted with them.
“We always had the upper hand in both matches but there have been too many occasions this season where being in that position has come back to bite us and cost us points.
“But against Blyth and Worksop we made sure it counted.
“We’ve set ourselves a target in the dressing room and the players are trying to fulfill it.”
Wilson also believes the congested fixture list could be of benefit to the Robins rather than a hindrance - provided they are in winning mode.
He added: “We’re a team that copes best when playing lots of games and when we’ve got some good momentum, providing we can keep as many fit as possible.
“When there are breaks, as we’ve seen, we can lose that momentum and it’s cost us dearly this season.
“The next few weeks will be a big test of our resources, but when you see how a player like young Ellis Storey came in at the last minute at Worksop (for the injured Rob Kozluk) and slipped in like a pro, it gives you great heart in terms of the strength we’ve got in the team.”
Wilson says there are worries over several players going into the game with Buxton tonight (Thursday) and the visit of North Ferriby United on Saturday.
He added: “Rob Kozluk was injured in the warm-up on Saturday so he’s a doubt, and Aaron Hooton also got a knock so we’ll have to assess him.
“Matt Richards, Russell Cooke and Kieran O’Connell are also carrying injuries so we’ll have to see what we have in reserve.
“Some academy lads deserve a chance so that may well be an option. We don’t want to risk too many on Thursday and put them out of Saturday’s game too.”