With just six games of the season left to play, Hatters boss Nathan Jones has urged his under-performing players to start building momentum for the 2016-17 campaign.
Town take on basement side Dagenham & Redbridge tomorrow evening after seeing their play-off hopes blow up in the face of four defeats from five games.
“I want to finish as high as we can, I want to win as many games as we can, I want momentum to go into next season.”Nathan Jones
However, Jones is now starting to concentrate on taking a good run into the new term, saying: “I don’t want this season to peter out, I want to get momentum, I want to finish as high as we can, I want to win as many games as we can, I want momentum to go into next season.
“Now the fans deserve that, the work that we do deserves that, so I want it to be like that.”
Jones had felt that after beating Plymouth Argyle 1-0 at Home Park, his side had a real chance of finishing inside the top seven, until a wretched trio of defeats to Barnet, Stevenage and Accrington.
The boss continued: “We knew in house what we wanted to do, we had a great opportunity, we haven’t quite taken advantage of that opportunity so we’ve had to readdress our goals.
“But we’ve come so so far and what it’s a shame to do is to waste that work, and basically we’re talking a week and a half’s work.
“We’ve had a week and a half’s mediocrity really, that has cost us in the last three games.
“I still think we did enough in the Barnet game to get something in the game and Saturday, but it wasn’t to be and we can’t feel sorry for ourselves.
“We were in a great position 10 or 11 days ago, that hasn’t materialised, so no worries, but now we have to refocus and finish the season strong.”
Although Dagenham are on the verge of relegation, as Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat to Portsmouth saw them 11 points adrift of safety with just six games left, Jones knows there is no way John Still’s side will make it easy for them.
He said: “We all need every point we can get, there’s no lethargy in our squad here to think okay we’re comfortable, there’s no comfort zones, I will not allow it to be a comfort zone here.
“They’re fighting for points, we’re fighting for the same points, for the same level of desire and commitment. We have show it and we have to go beyond what they want to do if we want to win the games as I know they’re fighting for it in a different way.
“Buts it’s the same points, the same thing required to win a game and we have to be the ones that do it.”
Hatters are back at home too, a place where they have won just five times this season, drawing five and losing a shocking 10, as Jones added: “We haven’t taken the points from the home games that I think our performances have deserved.
“I know we’ve had one or two hiccups, but generally our form at home has been good it’s just results haven’t mirrored that.”