Rob Kelly admitted his disappointment after seeing Barrow beaten on Tuesday night as Port Vale maintained their impressive recent run with a 2-0 win at The Progression Solicitors Stadium.
Two goals from Tom Conlon – one in each half and the first an outrageous long-range volley – were enough to hand Vale all three points and keep The Bluebirds waiting to secure EFL safety.
Whilst results elsewhere fell in Barrow’s favour on Tuesday night, caretaker boss Kelly has challenged the players to shape their own destiny during the season finale.
“I think the game changed on the one real piece of skill – it was a great strike,” Kelly told iFollow.
“Both teams went at it and physically matched each other really but that goal changed the tempo and the outcome really – it’s rare to say it but that was a goal you couldn’t really do anything about.
“They have won seven out of their last eight and they’re hard to play against; we put the ball in there, huffed and puffed, but we didn’t have enough really and then we’re disappointed with their breakaway goal.
“I’m disappointed with the result but I am disappointed for everyone because it was a chance for us to really nail it down tonight.
“I want us to do what we need to do and not rely on anyone else because you can’t do that in life – you have to do your job and not waste energy looking at what others are doing.
“I want us to get that next win so it’s down to us and once we pick up that result, which we will strive to do on Saturday, the Club can plan for next season and football in the Football League.”