Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray says he expects Stags to be in the League Two play-offs.
Stags are just one point behind Accrington in the final play-off place despite having won just two of their last 10 league fixtures.
But Murray feels that his goal-shy Stags are in a good place right now with a third of the sesson gone.
“We have had a good month. The atmosphere in the camp at the minute is where I wanted it to be probably two months ago,” he said.
“It’s one of those things in football that you don’t know what tweaks it or what changes it. Sometimes it just happens, it’s just time.
“But the boys are in a real good place, the camaraderie, the focus, the intensity in the work at the minute, I am proud of them at the minute the way they are going about their business.
“We have got to continue that now and push on to achieve the goal we want to achieve.
“My expectations are probably too high. I have to manage my expectations more than anybody else has to,” said Murray.
“I’ve said on a number of occasions we were behind schedule for a number of reason.
“But we’re slowly catching up now and I expect us to be in the play-offs. I think we are on course for doing that.”
Mansfield Town will try to extend their unbeaten run to seven games at home to Stevenage on Saturday.
And Murray admits he needs to learn to take a few more risks.
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After failing to win a game in September, Murray tightened his ship and, although they have not lost in six, they have drawn four of them.
He said: “I think it has been down to discipline, organisation, and a fantastic focus from the players.
“We obviously do a lot of work on the training ground on our structure.
“Over the last two years I’ve come to learn that my strength is probably organisationally and structurally putting a team together and making it hard to beat. The players have bought into that.”
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