Mansfield Town head to Hereford United tomorrow night knowing that anything other than a win will leave the destination of the BSBP title out of their hands on the final day of the season.
Stags’ 2-1 defeat Braintree on Saturday, coupled with Kidderminster’s win in Wrexham, saw the Harriers jump back into top spot by one point.
Stags play their game in hand at Edgar Street tomorrow with a home clash with Wrexham ahead on Saturday while Kidderminster take on relegation-haunted Stockport.
Cash-strapped Hereford have had their problems in recent weeks with players not being paid, but on the field they have won four and drawn two of their last six.
Manager manager Paul Cox said today: “I said there would be twists and turns and there was. But now we have to pick ourselves up and get on with it.
“It looked like we just felt we had to turn up to win a football match which is very unlike us. We got what we deserved which was nothing.
“We are dealing with human beings and it’s natural they will become nervous and anxious. But we are trying to win a championship and we need to relax and enjoy it.
“We have to make good out of bad now. We have to get our heads down and get back to doing what we do best.
“It’s not about entertaining, it’s about winning two football matches which the boys are very capable of doing. They are very honest boys, but sometimes honesty gets in the way a bit and you can try too hard. We lost our shape at Braintree and were a bit erratic with the ball.”
He added: “We must dust ourselves down and give it a really good go. Let’s not forget that, realistically, we are one of only two teams in with a chance of the title, though that means nothing if we don’t finish it off.
“If Stockport are still in the hunt in their last game of the season against Kidderminster, anything can happen.
“I am getting a bit tired of people asking me about permutations and points. Sometimes that can affect mindset and focus.
“I am bored of calculations and maths. Let’s just go out there and win the matches. Let’s see what we are made of. If not we will have to take our chances in the play-offs.
“I don’t want to hear anyone talking about Wrexham or they won’t be involved, We have to stay focused on our next game It is important we go to Hereford and try to pick up a result.”