Long Buckby boss Scott Goodwin has urged his side to develop a killer instinct as they bid to beat Desborough Town this weekend.
The Bucks were beaten 1-0 at Sleaford last weekend as they paid the price for failing to convert possession into goals.
Goodwin is desperate to avoid a similar struggle against Desborough, who have won their past three games and currently sit seventh in the UCL Premier Division.
And he is urging his men to take responsibility at both ends of the pitch as they look to make up for last Saturday’s loss.
“It was a case of same old, same old last weekend,” said Goodwin. “We played very well again but we didn’t take responsibility on defensive set pieces and didn’t have the bravery in the final third.
“It doesn’t matter how you play if you’re not winning games. Every team we play comments on how well we play but we’re just not ruthless enough to win.
“We just need a bit of a killer instinct at times and we’ll need it this weekend because Desborough are on a good run.”
Goodwin retains full belief in his players and he’s backing them to get a good result this weekend.
But he knows they will have to be wary of the Desborough dangermen, Byrne brothers, Michael and Kevin.
“They don’t play the prettiest stuff but they know how to win games,” said Goodwin of this weekend’s opponents.
“I’ve got every confidence we can go and get a result as long as we can be a bit more responsible in both halves.
“Their most dangerous players are the Byrne brothers and we’ll have to stop the supply to them.
“If we can do that I’m sure there will be gaps for us to explore and we can certainly get the result.”