Tommy Wright has urged the Corby Town fans to “get off the players’ backs a little bit”.
The Steelmen boss was disappointed with some of the things communicated back to him by his squad immediately after the 2-1 home win over Banbury United on Saturday.
Corby remain in second place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division as Poole Town maintained their two-point lead at the top thanks to a 2-0 success at Dunstable Town.
The leaders, who have three games in hand, come to Steel Park on Wednesday for the first leg of the Red Insure Cup final.
And Wright is hoping the crowd reaction to his own players is a bit more positive after he admitted they were “shocked” by some of things shouted at them despite a routine victory at the weekend.
“I heard a lot of grumbles coming from the crowd,” the Steelmen boss said.
“I know the expectation is there but at the same time, I think the fans need to get off the players’ backs a little bit and realise how well they are actually doing.
“We are second in the league, the lads have played out of the skins all year. They have given me 100 per cent week in, week out.
“We had them in a huddle at the end of the game and they were shocked. Some of the stuff they heard coming from their own supporters was a bit disheartening.
“We are days away from a cup final as well. And I think the fans need to think about what we have achieved already.
“Off the back of that, I am actually looking forward to going away for five games in April and taking that expectation away. Hopefully the fans will miss seeing us play.
“I love the fans to bits and I have sung their praises all year but it was disappointing to have my group of players who are second in the table saying that they were getting some ridiculous things shouted at them.
“That’s disheartening for me and the lads. The fans really need to get behind them on Wednesday.
“The boys are trying their hardest and that’s all they can do. It’s the final push and the lads have been immense. They deserve all the plaudits that they should be getting and we will keep going.”
Wright is set to name a full-strength squad for Wednesday’s game with midfielder Ben Milnes likely to be passed fit after he was an unused substitute on Saturday following an ankle injury.