Graham Drury: Boston United need 13 wins to reach the play-offs
An impassioned Graham Drury refused to write off Boston United's play-off hopes as he targeted 13 wins from their final 18 games.
Drury has picked up just one victory in five games since succeeding Jason Lee as Pilgrims boss last month.
On Tuesday, Boston turned in their most disappointing performance of his reign so far as they crashed to a 2-1 home defeat to Harrogate Town.
But Drury is not giving up on a top-five spot in Blue Square Bet North and has challenged his side to win two thirds of their remaining games.
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"That would push us into a great region," declared Drury.
"I told the players after the game, we're fortunate that everyone is beating everyone and we've still got a chance.
"There's 18 games left and we can even afford to lose to the top sides, as long as we put sides like this (Harrogate) to bed.
"If we win 13 games, that would give us 69 points and I think that would be enough for fifth spot.
"We're fortunate, because it would normally be 75, but with the way the league has panned out this season, that fifth spot is up for grabs.
"We're staying positive and we're staying focused. My head is still held high and we're looking for better.
"I can't wait to get on the training ground with the lads. That's the most frustrating thing for me. I've not had two training sessions in a row yet, so we've not progressed as much as I would have liked.
"It's been a difficult period, but Graham Drury is still smiling.
"He's got a job to do for Boston and, trust me, there are no negatives in his mind. He will get this right. I'm ready for the battle."
The Pilgrims host Colwyn Bay on Saturday with Drury demanding an improved display after accusing his players of "letting the club down" against Harrogate.
"They've got to put things right," he declared.
"I've told the players that Colwyn Bay has got to be a platform to build on.
"There will be a lot of negative fans after Tuesday night. I understand that, they pay their money and they will be frustrated.
"No one is more frustrated than me, but I will get it right."
Boston's defeat on Tuesday was compounded by the sending off of striker Charley Sanders.
The second half substitute was shown a straight red card after he was deemed to have elbowed Shane Killock.
Drury felt the dismissal was harsh, but admits he is powerless to appeal the decision.
"He (the referee) said he had swung his elbow, but he caught him with the palm of his hand," said the former Stamford boss.
"He's gone up, his arm has flailed and the lad has gone down, but there wasn't even a mark on him. If he'd had claret on his face then fair enough.
"I feel sorry for young Charley. If that had been on the TV we would have appealed it and would have been successful every day of the week."