Brackley Town manager Jon Brady is confident his side can overturn a 2-1 deficit in their play-off semi-final second leg against Altrincham tomorrow.
Saints produced a battling away performance in the first leg at Moss Lane on Tuesday and they were seconds away from earning a deserved draw before Jake Moult leathered in a superb 20-yard volley in stoppage time.
Brady said: “You’ve got to take it on the chin, you can’t get your head down in a situation like this.
“It’s 2-1 and it’s finely poised, they’ve got to come to our place and we can be amazing at our place and I look forward to us really taking the game to them.
“I think 1-1 was a positive result but 2-1 is not such a negative. I think the boys will be hurt but there’ll be a bit of motivation there about a few things.”
Jefferson Louis had given Brackley a 70th-minute lead with a fine headed finish on Tuesday evening but two Altrincham goals in the final 15 minutes turned the tie on its head.
Brady added: “I thought we came out of the blocks really well, we penned them in the first 20 minutes and we didn’t give them a sniff. But we started to get a bit sloppy and gave away too many fouls in the first half.
“We rode our luck a little bit with them hitting the bar three times, but we also hit the post with Izak [Reid], and Eddie Odhiambo also had a good chance.
“I think second half we came out strong again and Jefferson scored a great header and then as soon as we scored we sat back and allowed them to come onto us and I just think we gave the ball away too cheaply in midfield and we have to be better on the ball.”
Brady is also keen to see a big crowd at St James’ Park tomorrow and is urging as much of Northamptonshire to get behind the team as possible.
He added: “For me, what we’ve achieved this season in staying in the top three all year, wouldn’t it be great if the whole of Northamptonshire turned out and come to watch us play and see the talent we have on show?”
“There’s not many teams doing well in the county at the moment, it’s such a shame to see Kettering and Corby going down leagues this season, but why can’t Northamptonshire just get out and come to support us and give us everything they’ve got to make the 12th man on Saturday?”