Peaks has ‘every faith’ in Diamonds’ play-off bid

Andy Peaks has 'every faith' in AFC Rushden & Diamonds' play-off bid
Andy Peaks has 'every faith' in AFC Rushden & Diamonds' play-off bid

Andy Peaks has “every faith” that AFC Rushden & Diamonds will go on to secure a play-off place this season.

It’s been a tough week for Diamonds so far after a surprise 2-1 loss at Market Drayton Town last Saturday was followed by a 2-0 defeat at title-chasing Witton Albion on Tuesday night.

The setbacks have left Peaks’ team sitting a point behind fifth-placed Basford United but still with two games in hand.

Those extra matches mean Diamonds still have their fate in their own hands as they gear up for a busy final month of the season that will see them play seven matches, which they hope will then be followed by a play-off semi-final.

Their first task sees them take on struggling Northwich Victoria, who are battling against relegation, at the Dog & Duck tomorrow (Saturday) before heading to Chasetown next Tuesday night.

Diamonds won 4-1 at Northwich earlier this month and, despite the two losses this week, Peaks is hoping his team will get themselves back on track at the weekend as they look to earn a top-five finish, an extended season and a shot at promotion.

“I still have every faith that we will get to where we want to be,” the Diamonds boss said.

“It’s up to us to maintain the belief in ourselves and make sure we get what we need from these last seven matches.

“It looks like a winnable game on Saturday but I say that knowing that every match is tough in this division.

“It’s a massive game for both clubs really but we really need to get the three points and get ourselves back on track.

“They are fighting for their lives and the teams towards the bottom start picking up points at this time of year because they really have to.”

Despite those two defeats in the past week, Peaks doesn’t believe a lot needs to change when it comes to the performance of his team.

The Diamonds boss was happy with the way his players performed at Market Drayton and Witton, even if positive results weren’t forthcoming.

However, he believes they do need to “sharpen up” at both ends of the pitch.

“There isn’t a great deal we need to change in terms of performance,” Peaks added.

“Our general play has been pretty good but the disappointing thing has been that the four goals we have conceded in the last two games have come from mistakes. We need to eradicate them and if we do then we will be fine.

“To be honest, we need to sharpen up at both ends of the pitch. We need to cut out the errors that are costing us and we need to be more clinical when chances come our way.”