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Dean Thomas demands response from Hinckley United

Dean Thomas
Thomas says Hinckley must not panic after two poor displays

Boss Dean Thomas says Hinckley United must use two poor performances in a week as a wake-up call to spur them on to the Blue Square North play-offs.

Monday's 3-0 defeat at the hands of Solihull Moors - the first home reverse since August - came two days after the 1-1 draw at lowly Vauxhall Motors.

"It was a poor performance on Monday," Thomas told BBC Sport.

"On Saturday we didn't play well either but maybe these results could be the kick up the backside we need."

The Knitters were without experienced duo Carl Heggs and Chukki Eribenne on Monday and Thomas felt his young side struggled to cope with the physical demands of the game.

"The players looked jaded, and we got a bit intimidated by a side fighting against relegation," Thomas explained.

"In the first half we were the better side and had no cutting edge but overall we were well below par."

Losing on Monday was not the end of the world. We still have a wonderful opportunity to go up

Hinckley boss Dean Thomas

Hinckley have now picked up just win from their last five games but are still in third spot in the table.

Thomas believes they must improve if they want to stay in the play-off spots.

"It's the business end of the season now and we have go to do better; we need to be focused and concentrated," he said.

"The kids are great, they are full of energy and enthusiasm but they need some guidance.

"The younger ones must also now stand up and be counted. They have done exceptionally well so far and need to carry it on.

"But losing on Monday was not the end of the world. We still have a wonderful opportunity to go up. We have an experienced coaching team and will have a chat with the players."

Hinckley have a home game against Blyth Spartans on Saturday.

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