BOSS Pete Wild stressed Barrow need the fans to “push them over the line” in the season-defining game with Mansfield on the final day.

A fifth defeat in six, this time a last-gasp loss to Bradford, has given the club a nervy wait heading into a crunch clash with the promoted Stags.

Just one point from a possible 18 is not the ideal preparation for a potential play-off campaign.

But the nerves are understandable given the enormity of the prize on offer to be the first set of players to take the club to League One. 

“The crowd is going to be massive for us on Saturday,” insisted Wild. 

“We need them and need everybody to try and push us and drive us to try and get us over the line. We’ve got to stick together. 

“It’s big for the club and it’s big for everybody. We know that and we’ve got to make sure for the 46th time we roll out and try to be the best version of us. 

“It seems that when we’ve needed it most it’s been missing for us and that’s frustrating.

“The players are frustrated. They know, and as much as people like to criticise, they’re trying their best to get over the line.

“Whatever happens, it’s been a fantastic season for the football club and we have to remember that.

“But everybody has to stick together one last time and see where that takes us.

“What we have to do now is just stick together and try to keep going.

“Across the last four games you have seen glimpses of us, but not enough of us across a full 90 minutes to get over the line.

“Nothing’s changed. They’re together and working hard on the training ground so nothing’s changed in that respect.

“It’s the little moments in games. It’s the bits where they have to take care of their profession.”

It was another late defeat after the wheels fell off in the final 15 minutes to lose to Doncaster at the weekend.

Kian Spence’s free-kick cancelled out Bobby Pointon’s strike.

But substitute Tyler Smith dealt the hosts a hammer blow with his dramatic stoppage-time winner.

And on the game, Wild reflected: “First half wasn’t good enough. We didn’t do anything with or without the ball.

“We were frustrated at half-time. I told them we’ve got to have a go and try to get over the line.

“We played really well second half, had a go, came out fighting and got the goal, but it wasn’t enough.

“We were on the front foot. We kept trying to throw subs on to put impetus into the game and you get hit by a sucker punch at the end.

“We had four chances to clear the ball and that’s been the month hasn’t it. There have been key moments in game, chances and opportunities with the football and we’ve not done that.

“We weren’t getting a glove on them, and we had to try and be braver second half.

“I will never make it about them, it’s about us. We’re all a collective. We will win together and lose together and that’s how we’ve gone through the season.”