Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver reckons his side proved doubters wrong as they bounced back on Tuesday night.
Town trailed Solihull Moors 4-0 on Saturday and had Adam Bolder red-carded before Luke Dean scored two late consolation goals (full report pg 93).
Weaver’s team responded by beating ninth-placed Gloucester City 1-0 on Tuesday night thanks to Paul Beesley’s early goal.
The results left Town in sixth place, two points outside the play-offs with six games left.
Town travel to Oxford City in the Blue Square North on Saturday before the reverse fixture with Solihull on Tuesday.
Weaver admitted Saturday’s defeat was a shock to the system.
He said: “Every shot they had seemed to go in. Everything seemed to go their way.
“But it is about being professional and moving on. We had it out in the changing room and a few home truths were said.
“I don’t think we were deadly enough or at our best by any stretch of the imagination.
“A couple of players beat themselves up after the game and I said just go back to your strengths.”
Beesley struck within three minutes against Gloucester City and his boss praised his squad’s determined mood.
“We came out the traps and we wanted to prove a few people wrong,” he said
“Everyone was disappointed with the game on Saturday. It was time to respond straight away.
“I was really proud of the boys. We are heading in the right direction.
“The scoreline was only 1-0 but if we have taken our chances we could had had quite a few.”
Weaver also urged the CNG faithful to boost his players efforts on the pitch even when games become cagey.
He added: “The early goal sets the crowd up if we don’t score early it can become a quite place.
“We can help the supporters by converting chances but when it goes quiet they can help us.
“We have honest lads and they feel the anxiety. When you get a roar, it lifts everyone.
Bolder was sent off for a second booking against Solihull and he will miss the return fixture.
Luke Dean is also a doubt after suffering bruising after a collision with his fellow midfielder Bolder against City.
Weaver watched Oxford against Bradford Park Avenue on Monday and he said they are an experienced outfit.
“They have Chris Willmott at the back and he’s outstanding. I played against striker Steve Basham when he was at Oxford United and he holds the ball up well.
“They did a job on us at our place and we played one of the worst games against them.
Weaver added: “Solihull counter attack well. Their striker Omar Bogle was sharp and quick.
“But if you look at the league table it’s a game we should be winning.
“There’s still six games left and a lot can happen. Halifax will qualify.
“We are probably most people’s outsiders and Altrincham have the advantage
“When teams are getting chased it is not always easy. We are still in it.”
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