Dean Thomas is desperate to give the Kettering Town fans something to smile about after another tough week for the club.
While the Poppies are facing another fight for survival off the pitch after being wound up in the High Court on Monday, the problems on the pitch continue as Thomas saw his team beaten 4-1 at Dunstable Town in the Calor League Division One Central on Tuesday.
Many Kettering fans are fearing they could be watching their team for the final time at Latimer Park this weekend when they host Aylesbury United in the second of two matches that have been sanctioned by the Southern League, despite the events earlier this week.
And Thomas is hoping his team can respond on what may prove to be an emotionally-charged day.
“It is the individual mistakes that are destroying us at the moment,” the Poppies boss said.
“Every mistake is being punished and it is extremely frustrating for all of us.
“But it is the fans I feel sorry for. Again, they piled in at Dunstable and they are spending their money to travel and watch us.
“I would have thought they would have been happy after the first half. We were level at 1-1 and we were confident.
“But we are making a habit of self-destructing at the moment and it happened again on Tuesday.
“We can’t control what happens off the pitch. We have to leave that to the board and the others who are working so hard.
“We have to make sure we get things right on the field. I really want to give the fans something back on Saturday. They deserve it.
“While we are all still here, we have to stick together. There have been changes and there will be more.
“But we have to start making life easier for ourselves.”