Tommy Wright wants his Corby Town players to continue to “come out fighting” after their poor run of form came to an end at the weekend.
The Steelmen claimed a hard-fought 3-2 success over AFC Telford United to move off the foot of the Vanarama National League North and end a run of 13 games without a win.
Corby will now begin their preparations for next weekend’s trip to Boston United.
And Wright believes the fact his players were made to see the statistics in black and white ahead of the win over AFC Telford gave them the motivation they needed.
“I put our recent form on the board before the game,” he said.
“Seven league defeats on the spin, one goal in the last five. Statistics don’t lie so I asked the boys to use that as their motivation.
“I questioned them: “We are bottom of the league, is that a true reflection of this group of players?”
“Having those statistics and the league table pinned up on the wall really hit it home to a few people and they came out fighting.
“I believe in this group of players and we shouldn’t be anywhere near the position we are.
“We need to continue to come out fighting, take it game-by-game and get up as high as possible from here.”
The Steelmen are hosting a friendly with AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ under-21 side tonight (Monday) with Paul Malone finally set to make his return to the pitch after eight months on the sidelines.
A similar friendly was postponed due to fog a week ago but tonight’s clash should go ahead and Wright knows the returning centre-half will be “relishing” it.
“This game is purely for Paul Malone,” the Corby boss said.
“The kid was absolutely devastated last week. He is absolutely itching to get back.
“The game is for him, hopefully he comes through it and I just want him to play his way back into it and be comfortable. We are doing it the right way. He will be relishing it.
“There are a couple of lads who need 60 or 90 minutes and there will probably be a couple of trialists mixed in with the young lads to make it a really worthwhile exercise for us.”
Wright, meanwhile, has told experienced left-back Chris Carruthers he can seek “regular football somewhere else” following the arrival of youngster Ben O’Hanlon.
The 19-year-old, who is on loan from Wolves, was outstanding against Telford.
And Wright added: “With Ben coming in, he has been a revelation.
“I had a good chat with Chris and he knows the game of football, he is a good friend of mine.
“I have said that if he can go and play regular football somewhere else then he should go and do it.
“I would never shut the door on him but Ben is here in the short-term and we will be looking to increase that.”