Dean Thomas has urged the Kettering Town fans to back their team in the final weeks of the season after branding criticism aimed at them at Uxbridge as “ridiculous”.
The Poppies are facing a battle to finish in the play-off places in the Calor League Division One Central after they suffered a second successive defeat at the weekend.
The 4-2 defeat at Uxbridge came off the back of a 3-1 reverse at Barton Rovers after the Poppies had been on a record-breaking 21-match unbeaten league run.
The latest setback has left Thomas’ side six points off the top five ahead of what is set to be a crucial few days with home matches coming thick and fast.
Kettering take on second-from-bottom Ashford Town (Middx) at Latimer Park tonight (Tuesday) before St Ives Town (Thursday) and Aylesbury (Saturday) are the visitors later in the week.
And, with nine games still to go, Thomas has urged the Poppies’ supporters to get behind the players as they bid for one final push.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I think some of the comments aimed at me and the lads on Saturday were ridiculous,” the Kettering boss said.
“It is almost as if some people have been waiting for us to lose.
“Regardless of their feelings about me, it’s important the fans don’t get on the players’ backs. I am big enough to take the criticism that is thrown at me.
“I can understand the frustration but the most important thing is that the supporters must back the players.
“It is a massive opportunity for us tonight but no-one will be taking anything for granted.
“If we go and play as well as we can then we will stand a very good chance of winning.
“It hasn’t quite happened for us in the last two matches but we have to change it ourselves and we have to react now, not later.
“The most important thing about tonight is getting back to winning ways, that is the main aim above anything else.
“It is going to be a vital week for us and we need to start it in the right way.”