RICHIE McLoughlin admits his Jarrow Roofing side must go undefeated from now until the end of the season to stop their efforts going to waste this term.
The Roofers head into their penultimate home game of the season against Penrith tomorrow on the back of two straight losses.
The latest loss was a 2-1 defeat to Bishop Auckland – a match which left the manager questioning the attitude and resolve of his players.
However, McLoughlin is expecting huge improvements when the Cumbrians come to town.
He said: “We were not good enough against Bishop Auckland.
“Most of the players looked like they were in holiday mode, and that is an attitude we need to change very quickly with just three games left.
“Penrith can be a decent side on their day and we can’t turn up thinking the points are already in the bag. I believe we need to collect maximum points from our last three games to make this season worthwhile.
“We have done well to get where we are in the league, and we must not let those efforts go to waste by turning in another lacklustre performance.”
The Blues have not won in their last six outings, and sit 15th in Northern League Division One.
Draws against high-flyers North Shields and league leaders Guisborough Town show they have the quality to match the best sides in the division.
Goals from Lewis Teasdale, John Campbell and Wayne Phillips secured a 5-2 victory for the South Tynesiders in the reverse fixture at the Frenchfield Stadium, and Roofing could leapfrog Consett into seventh with another win.
McLoughlin will have a near full-strength squad at his disposal for the 3pm kick-off at the Boldon CA Sports Ground, with Corey Barnes the only doubt.