HUCKNALLTown manager Brett Marshall revelled in taking four points from two tough home games this week — and urged his side to repeat their form on the road over the next seven days.
The Yellows overcame Chasetown 3-2 on Saturday despite having to field defender Rob Austin in goal, before a 2-2 draw with Stamford on Tuesday lifted Hucknall up to 18th in the table.
Reflecting first on Saturday’s encounter, Marshall was delighted with the first home win.
He said: “It was obviously a massive blow losing Jason Fisher before the game. I had to stand in front of the players and literally ask them to volunteer if they could play in goal, and Rob Austin was good enough to do so.
“It changed our mentality a bit because suddenly our players were more aware of trying to protect Rob than go all out ourselves, but in the end things worked out really well and Rob even pulled off a point-blank save right at the end.”
Tuesday’s match saw a two-goal lead squandered, which left Marshall frustrated rather than happy with a point against a side who had won all of their previous away games this season.
He said: “To have got into a good position and then have two errors in a minute see us lose the lead was hard to take and I was very disappointed only to get a draw in the end.
“Stamford’s boss told me afterwards that we were one of the best sides they’d played so that goes a long way to telling you how far we’ve come in recent weeks.”
New signings and the upturn in fortunes have lifted the mood at Watnall Road and that is now something Marshall is keen to see continued.
He added: “The new signings have made a massive difference and our mentality has changed from going out there and hoping we can hold on and get a result, to fully believing we can dictate a game and win it.
“We’re playing some great football and I think the fans are starting to realise that too as we’ve had lots of positive comments, so I expect us now to push on.”
Trips to Sheffield FC and Carlton Town await over the next week, with Marshall adding: “We’ve got consistency in the first XI now which is a massive plus, and all the hard work is paying off, so we’ll go into these matches with great momentum and with our tails up.”