New Boston United boss Dennis Greene has seen his Pilgrims pick up two successive wins since joining the club - but he admits ‘there’s no magic wand’.
Greene’s Twitter account may be named @densmagic, but the manager says he is no dug-out Merlin.
Instead, he has put United’s resurgence in form down to a bit of good old-fashioned spirit.
“There’s no magic wand here, it’s just about getting the right result,” he said after goals from Ben Fairclough and Spencer Weir-Daley saw the Pilgrims pull away from the relegation scrap following a 2-0 win at third-placed Brackley Town on Saturday.
“Maybe they were just a depressed bunch who couldn’t get a win.
“Now they’ve got a sniff of a result and they’re all buzzing.
“We’re on a crest of a wave and it gives you more desire.”
Indeed, after two victories in one week, stand-in captain Ian Ross was all smiles when he announced ‘the feelgood factor is back’.
By his own admission, Greene may not be the Harry Potter of the Blue Square Bet North, but he’s done something right so far.
A 4-0 victory over Gloucester City in midweek, followed by Saturday’s success, ended a seven-game winless run.
By 5pm on Saturday, United earned their first back-to-back wins since the October-November successes against Stalybridge and Gainsborough.
The shut-outs were also the first successive clean sheets for Boston since the opening two matches of the season.
But just as important have been the improvements on the field.
In denying Brett Solkhon and Tom Winters, keeper Dan Haystead appeared to have discovered some of the form which has escaped him in parts this season, while Nathan Stainfield excelled in the midfield stopper’s role.
In attack, Fairclough has now scored in successive games for Greene, having previously not found the net in 23 attempts, while Spencer Weir-Daley is back to form with three strikes in two contests.