PAUL FOOT: Hoping for a merry Christmas

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When people ask you about points targets over the festive period, I only have one.

That target is to win everything and pick up maximum points. Anything else and I’ll be disappointed.

My philosophy in football is to be the best all of the time.

I think a good run over the period is achievable, the biggest problem for us will be the injuries.

We have lost Chris Bolder through injury, Pete Davidson and myself are also struggling as well.

If we can get our full squad out then we stand a chance, we’ll just have to wrap people in cotton wool over this period.

Darlington on Boxing Day and Spennymoor in the New Year will be a challenge because they are two sides that gave us a going over earlier this season.

Attitude and desire has to be the key.

There will be no passing the blame about those results earlier this season because I was on the management team.

Both Spennymoor and Darlington were well-drilled sides and at the time we were lacking form and consistency.

Now things are different. The players know their jobs and we are trying to drill that into them.

One thing that is helping us at the moment is the fact that we have had a very similar team out for the past few matches - all of which we have won.

When you are on a run like that players grow in confidence because they know that they are not going to be dropped for no reason.

Because of that they can relax a little more. Ryan Blott was the perfect example of that on Saturday.

He gave the ball away in the middle of the park for their goal, but he bounced straight back by scoring a great equaliser.

We have also been delighted with the attitude of Ryan Williams, who has found himself on the bench in recent weeks.

Even if he has only had 15 or 20 minutes, he has still tried hard in the warm downs and he’s encouraged the younger lads to do the same.

That hunger is something for the younger players to aspire to.

Bryan (Hughes) and myself have been keeping ourselves busy off the field as well as we prepare for this busy spell.

I am really relishing the side of things where you can get out, watch games and look for players.

I was at Dronfield against Selby on Tuesday night and we’ll continue to go and watch games.

You never know when you will discover a rough diamond.