Marcus Law is determined to make sure Kettering Town don’t become a ‘nearly’ team.
A new-look Poppies squad has endured a mixed start to the new Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
They followed up a 0-0 draw with their first win of the season last weekend as goals from Brett Solkhon, Elliot Sandy and summer signing Courtney Baker-Richardson secured a 3-2 success over Merthyr Town at Latimer Park.
But they then slipped to a second defeat of the campaign at Leamington on Tuesday night.
Kettering more than played their part in a cracking encounter as they stormed back from 2-0 down at half-time to level the game up thanks to Saul Williams and an Andy Gooding penalty.
But the Brakes hit back themselves to clinch a 3-2 victory.
The Poppies are now preparing to take on Weymouth at Latimer Park tomorrow (Saturday) with praise ringing in their ears from a number of quarters following their display in midweek.
But that is of little consolation to the manager.
“We are still confident about what we can achieve,” Law said.
“This whole year is about consolidation and trying to move forward.
“I think it’s fair to say we are in there and mixing it with the best of them but I don’t want to keep saying that while we are losing matches.
“The one thing I want to avoid though is us being the ‘nearly men’.
“I don’t want to come off the pitch hearing opposing managers and fans praising us for our performance when we have just got beaten.
“I have been in that position before and it isn’t enjoyable.
“We have to make sure we concentrate for the whole 90 minutes and if we do that then we will be fine.”
Law, meanwhile, insists his team must start “working” the opposing goalkeepers more in matches as well as making sure they stay “switched on” at the back.
“We generally look pretty solid but we have a bad habit of switching off at important times,” he added.
“We are showing a lot of endeavour going forward but we are lacking a bit of penetration when we need it in front of goal.
“We have got to make sure we start working the opposition’s goalkeeper more than we have done so far.”