Workington Town captain Jason Mossop: It's crunch time for us now
Captain Jason Mossop believes it's crunch time for Workington Town as they look to recover from back-to-back defeats and climb the League One table.
Mossop has issued a passionate rallying cry for his Town team-mates to stand up and be counted against North Wales Crusaders tomorrow as he believes they have been underachieving this campaign.
Town are eighth in the table with six fixtures of the regular season to go but have let a number of promising performances end in defeat due to sloppy defending and mistakes.
Mossop said: "Last weekend was a disappointment and we've had a few of them this season.
"It's hard because we put so much effort into it and didn't get anything back but we should have been more points up at the time.
"We can't just keep talking about it and that goes for everyone, it's not good enough.
"We are scraping into the top eight because we've blown a lot of games and that's our fault.
"We have got to start putting that right this Sunday."
The experienced centre watched Crusaders in the League One Cup final against Barrow and saw a good side who will pose a tough challenge to Town if they are not at the races.
He said: "They've got a really big pack and quite a lot of targets across the pitch so, unless we are at it from start to finish, we will be going home with nothing.
"There's nothing more frustrating than people saying we're getting there because the reality is that we are not there.
"We are underachieving because there's no team that's actually hammered us.
"If we do our jobs, no-one is going to cause us any problems.
"We've all just got to be aware that you've got to be concentrating for the full 80 minutes."
Town bolstered their pack with loan forwards Liam Byrne and Joe Ryan from Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves respectively this week and Mossop is happy to see competition for places arriving.
"The unfortunate thing is that we've got a really small squad which is frustrating and has been the case for a few years now," he said.
"You do need competition for places so players don't just know they're automatically going to play every weekend.
"Hopefully, these lads can come in and do a job for us and help us develop and kick on.
"We have lost some key players like Stevie Scholey who's been outstanding and the experience of Kris Coward."