Luton Town Danny Green and Josh McQuoid admitted it has been frustrating that their side have almost certainly left it too late to reach the League Two play-offs this season.
Tuesday night’s impressive 2-1 win at Carlisle saw Luton remain six points away from the top seven with just three games to go now.
A run of four losses from five games prior killed off any realistic hopes of achieving their goal, as Green said: “It’s frustrating when we look at some of the games we had at Barnet, Stevenage and Crawley.
“It’s frustrating because, realistically, we should have been looking at maximum points in those games, but that’s football. Sometimes it happen and sometimes you just don’t get the rub of the green.
“We’ve done well in the last three games, we’ve set out a stall to go back-to-back last week at Oxford to make sure we get two wins in a row.
“The gaffer said to us before the game (at Carlisle), ‘can we go three in a row?’ We’ve done it so hopefully we can have a good game on Saturday and keep the run going and stay unbeaten until the end of the season.”
“It is frustrating for us because if we had done this a couple of weeks earlier then we’d be right in it.”Josh McQuoid
Team-mate McQuoid, who bagged his fifth goal of the season against Carlisle, continued: “You don’t want to dwell on anything but naturally as human beings you will do that.
“We’ve just got to do what we can to end the season on a positive and just keep going into next season with that positivity.
“We’re not going to give up until it’s mathematically impossible but it is frustrating for us because if we had done this a couple of weeks earlier then we’d be right in it.”
Meanwhile, Green wants his side to finish the season strongly so they can use the momentum going into the new campaign.
Town are back at home once more against Newport County this weekend as the winger said: “We went there (earlier in the season), it was a tough place to go and the pitch was horrendous that day. That’s no excuse but we didn’t do ourselves justice at all that day, so we can give them a good game.
“I think it’s important for the fans, we need to give them something to get excited about next season and what we can do.
“If we go unbeaten until the end of the season and we pick up maximum points at home then it’s something to build on for next season, but hopefully teams will start slipping up and we can finish off the job.
“We’ve got three games, hopefully get nine points from them and just see where we finish at the end of the season. Hopefully it’s in the play-offs.”
Meanwhile, McQuoid added: “We’ve just got to do what we can and have a good end to the season and carry that into next season.
“It’s always good to go into the summer and a break by coming off a good run. You don’t want to go into that summer break with a few losses in the last games of the season.”