Positive attitude can take Diamonds a long way, says boss Peaks

AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks
AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks

Andy Peaks has called for AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ players and supporters to “stay positive.”

Peaks admits there’s been a confidence crisis during a run of four straight defeats that came to an end at the Dog & Duck last Saturday.

Peaks describes the goalless draw against Northwood as “a massive point.”

The result keeps Diamonds in the final play-off spot in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central heading into the match at Leighton Town on Saturday and according to Peaks, his side are well placed.

He said: “We are in a good position and other teams around us are dropping points.

“We just have to remember that and stay positive.

“From day one, I believed we would be in the play-offs and that’s not changed.

“Even when we were top of the table, I wasn’t deluded enough to think we were going to run away with the league.

“We were winning games by the odd goal and recently we’ve been losing games by the odd goal.

“There’s a fine line between winning and losing.

“We very easily could have taken six points from our last two games if we had taken our chances.

“I would be more concerned if players weren’t putting a shift in and we were shipping goals.

“We do have a few players with confidence issues at the moment, but that was a massive point against Northwood and gives us something to build on.

“We are not a million miles away. We just need to get some momentum and belief back.

“In football, they are so important.”

Peaks admits his side’s lack of goals - they have scored once in the last five games - is a concern.

He said: “We haven’t been creating enough chances and when that’s the case sometimes players snatch at them because they don’t know when the next one is coming along.

“We are working on our set pieces and getting the ball into the box.”

Diamonds didn’t have any trouble creating and taking chances when they met Leighton earlier this season, romping to a 7-1 win with 
Tom Liversedge netting four times.

Leighton have continued to struggle, but go into Saturday’s match unbeaten in three.

They hauled themselves out of the drop zone with a 1-0 win at Potters Bar Town last Saturday.

Peaks said: “Leighton will feel they have a point to prove.

“We humiliated them a bit and no team wants to go through that.

“But all I’m thinking about is us getting the win we need on Saturday.”