Marcus Law believes Kettering Town are learning that they can’t “just turn up and win games” after they picked up a notable success in midweek.
The Poppies produced stirring second-half fightback to beat Redditch United 3-1 on Tuesday night as their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign showed signs of clicking into gear.
Kettering had gone into that game on the back of a home defeat to Leamington and a dour 0-0 draw against Hitchin Town.
They went 1-0 down to Redditch, one of last season’s play-off semi-finalists, but second-half goals from Callum Westwood and substitute Spencer Weir-Daley (2) ensured they returned to winning ways.
And Law, whose team produced a stunning run of form in the second half of last season to just miss out on a top-five finish, is now keen to see his players continue to show the same “endeavour and quality” following their midweek success.
“I think it’s been important to shake off any feelings that they can just turn up and win games because of what they did in the second half of last season,” the Poppies boss said.
“We need to have that desire and want to win matches. We showed it on Tuesday night and we got ourselves a good victory.
“We had a gameplan that, initially, wasn’t being carried out correctly.
“There was a break in play after Redditch had scored their goal and in that time we had the chance to get the group together and get some clarity.
“But once we’d had those conversations, we took a grip on the game and it was going to be a case of us getting right back into it or being one of those nights when their goalkeeper stopped us because he was excellent.
“Fortunately, through perseverance, endeavour and quality we have been able to come away with a positive performance and result and I think it has lifted everyone.
“But that’s done now and we have to focus on the next one.
“We will have to show that same endeavour and quality if we are to come away with another good result at the weekend.”
The Poppies are on the road again on Saturday when they head to Basingstoke Town, who were relegated from the National League South last season.