Torquay United player-manager Kevin Nicholson is hoping he is seeing some shoots of recovery from his team, as they picked up four points from two matches.
Saturday’s 2-1 win over Southport, and a 0-0 draw against Tranmere on Tuesday night offers some hope to the Gaffer and the Yellow Army that United can pull away from the bottom four in the National League.
“I think it was important, and good for belief,” said Nicholson.
“Against Southport we weren’t fluid, we weren’t fantastic, but they just kept going, They kept going for each other, they had each other’s backs, and mine. They kept on going and got their rewards in the end.
“Against Tranmere it was a better performance. Performance-wise it was good as we’ve seen for a little while. Every man put absolutely everything they have got out there. There was some good football. There was a lot of competiveness. A lot of people putting their body’s on the line – some big tackles. The game itself got quite feisty and we stood up to all of it. I love that; I love that they went out and the fans responded and it ended up being a decent night. As it went on I kept thing “I think we’ve got them”. Our energy just seemed to keep on going. The fitness levels were fantastic. The lads that came off the bench did their jobs and did them well. We were just the final ball away from winning the game. We’ve got to take a lot of confidence from that.”
Despite a turn in form, Nicholson is very aware that the standards need to be high if the recovery is to be maintained.
“There is not going to be any carryover from that to Eastleigh on Tuesday. You’ve still got to go out there and earn that right [to play] again. You’ve still got to put the performance in again. If we keep the standards of the last two games then hopefully we can get the job done this season sooner rather than later.”