Chris Plummer believes his decision to show his Corby Town players some cold, hard facts helped contribute to their last two encouraging away trips.
The Steelmen boss revealed there was a “flat feeling” around his squad after their 0-0 home draw with struggling Histon just under two weeks ago.
But the Corby manager chose to use nothing but statistics to show his players how far they had come under his leadership and he believes it had the desired effect as they were edged out 2-1 by Blue Square Bet North promotion chasers Guisesley before claiming one of their best results of the season so far with a 2-1 success at Stalybridge Celtic, who had started last weekend in the play-off places.
Plummer stepped up from assistant-manager to replace Ian Sampson after he resigned following five successive defeats at the start of the campaign.
He said: “It was all a bit flat after that game with Histon but, if you look at what they did at the weekend (Histon beat Workington 3-0), you could probably say it wasn’t such a bad result.
“But there was a real feeling of flatness around the squad after that game and I just thought it would be good to try to show the lads how far they have come.
“We got a few statistics together and I think it gave the lads a lift. We have progressed and it was nice to see it in writing.
“We have shown in the last two games that we can compete with sides towards the top end of the division.
“Now the challenge is to carry that on into the rest of the season. We still have a lot to do. There is plenty to work on and there are plenty of improvements to make. But I am certain we are moving in the right direction.”