Steve Kinniburgh wants his Corby Town players to kick-off a hectic fortnight by producing a positive reaction when they head to Lincoln United this weekend.
The Steelmen produced a lacklustre display as they suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Gresley FC last Saturday, a loss that has left any hopes of reaching the Evo-Stik League South play-offs hanging by a thread.
But the caretaker-manager’s main focus is on seeing his team bounce back from that surprise defeat as they kick off a run of seven matches in the space of 14 days.
Tomorrow's (Saturday) trip is followed by a clash with Kidsgrove Athletic at Steel Park on Monday night.
And while last Saturday was one of the more disappointing days for Corby this season, Kinniburgh felt there was a positive to be taken from it.
“We have got the run of seven games in the space of two weeks from tomorrow and the first thing we need from this weekend and next Monday is a positive reaction from the performance last weekend,” the caretaker-boss said.
“We had a chat about it this week and we will be looking at the game again to see what we can do better.
“I am one of these people who will look for a positive in any situation and the one we can take from last Saturday is that maybe it was a bit of a reality check for the players.
“That game showed them that they have to be at it no matter who is in front of them.
“There have been times this season where we have been very good and maybe some of the lads have got a bit carried away by it.
“Last weekend was a harsh reminder that you have to be at it every single week.”
Kinniburgh believes a lack of consistency throughout the whole campaign may well have played a part in the Steelmen’s recent lack of it on the pitch.
But he is determined to ensure his team hit the right notes in the remainder of the season.
“It has been a rollercoaster of a season, we have been up and down the league and now we find ourselves just above mid-table but looking up rather than down,” he added.
“We probably haven’t had the consistency that some clubs have had in terms of the same manager all the way through and we have had to have a big turnaround in players as well.
“All of that can make a difference but I’d like to think we have helped put the club in a better position overall compared to this time last year and that’s a good thing going forward.
“But what I now have to do is try to get consistent performances out of this group between now and the end of the season."