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18 April 2017

Steve Schumacher says Easter Monday’s point at Carlisle should be considered a good result given the circumstances leading into the game.

The midfielder’s second half penalty helped Boro earn a share of the spoils and kept the club in charge of its destiny heading into the final three games.

“It was a good result; we knew it would be a battle. They are a good side and it is not an easy place to go. A win for them would have seen them jump over us so they were well up for it and the fans were right behind them.

“Considering we had a few injuries and coming off a couple of bad results, it is a point we are pleased with.”

The news that Matty Godden will likely be out for the rest of the season has come as a blow to the club and Schumacher says everyone will need to up their game in his absence.

“Obviously he will be a big loss. Any team would miss a 20 goals a season striker but that is why it is a squad game. You need players to step up and take their chance and yesterday for example, I thought the lads did well.

“Kaylen worked hard, lead the line and did a good job. Likewise, I thought Kgosi was great especially considering he was playing out of position.

“It is on everyone else to raise their game. We have done really well to get ourselves in this position, nobody expected it. We just need to up our levels again for the final few games.”

Saturday’s game sees Mansfield visit the Lamex in our penultimate home game this season and Schumacher knows they will be ready for the fight.

“Mansfield will be up for it. They are only four points behind us and there is a large pack there waiting so they will be full of motivation, but as are we.

“We had two tough games over Easter but hopefully we can get some energy back in us and have a right push for the last three games. Everyone knows the prize at the end of it.”

With so much at stake as the season builds towards its climax, Schumacher explained how he won’t be fazed by any added pressure.

“There is always pressure. If you are down the bottom of the league there is pressure. Your job is never safe at our level so even if you are in mid-table and seemingly heading nowhere there is pressure.

“It is the type you want though. No player wants to be down the bottom of the league fighting for their lives or stuck in mid-table.

“For me personally, I won’t be feeling it any more than usual or be getting any nerves. I have been here before and I have confidence in the team and what we have been doing over the past few months.

“Obviously, myself along with others will be able to pass on our experience and advice to some of the younger lads but we will work hard to just concentrate on each game in isolation and just like any other.

“This is where everyone wants to be. We are excited and ready to rise to the challenge. We have another few performances to produce that could give us a reward that nobody saw coming.”

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