Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray has challenged his team to make it back-to-back wins as they head south for the second time in five days to face struggling Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.
Murray’s men have basked in the glory of Tuesday’s 2-0 win at Stevenage, but Murray told them to forget that now and said: “We have two or three really tricky games coming up now and my biggest thing now is we want back-to-back wins.
“We are picking wins up here and there but we need to go on a run now. The boys have been brought straight back down to earth this morning because we want to be successful this season.
“At the minute we’re doing really well. We are pushing boundaries. With the amount of change we’ve had in the summer, it’s kicking in quicker than we all expected.
“But the games are coming thick and fast. All away games are tough and Dagenham’s going to be another tough one. They got a good result last night so we are going to have to be on our mettle.
“But we will go there with a game plan and, as I keep saying in every game we go into, we will go there to prepare to win.
“I spoke after Saturday’s game about the lads having belief and knowing how good they can be. But that only comes with hard work and focus and consistently doing the basics right.”
Murray added: “People have commented on how organised we are as a team and that’s through hard work – it doesn’t come out of luck.
“It’s the job of the players now that they don’t take their foot off the gas and we don’t get complacent. We are on a good run of form – the challenge now is to keep it going.
“Dagenham are always a team that plays good football. They play off instinct. They are very quick and they’ve got a real fluidness to their play. So they are always tough to play against.
“It’s not as if they are a rigid team that you can set up and make it easy to be organised against them. The homework has started already. The lads will know what they are going into and it’s one we are looking forward to. We want to build on the performances we are putting in.
“This season was always going to be a progressive one. To do that we have to keep building.
“We felt the Stevenage game was an opportunity to put a big marker down and we did that. That opportunity has led to another opportunity now and I said after the game that congratulations are just the seeds for complacency.”
Murray’s biggest headache will be the return from a one-match ban of Mitch Rose after his replacement, Jamie McGuire, turned in a tremendous display in what Murray said was a perfect away performance at Stevenage.