Gary Mills told his Gateshead players to believe and they did.
He didn’t 100 per cent expect them to be in a play-off place in January. But there was always hope.
However, the players have delighted the manager in the manner of their results – eight matches unbeaten before tonight’s home match with Welling United – and there is now more than a little belief at the football club.
Mills said: “We have got ourselves in a play-off place and it’s up to us to stay there. You don’t need to be Einstein to work out that if we win this match then we stay there.
“We are aware that there is pressure on us to keep up this run and we will do our best to make sure we get the job done.
“The job now is to be stable and stay where we are for the rest of the season.
“The guys have worked so hard to get us where we find ourselves. We don’t want to throw it away now.
“Did I expect to be here? First and foremost, I hoped that I, and therefore the club, would be this season.
“The players have listened to what I have been telling them and I always said that if they did that then I believed we could get into a play-off position.
“If I didn’t think they were good enough then I wouldn’t waste my words. I haven’t asked them to do anything I didn’t think they were good enough to do.
“They have listened and worked hard, and you get nothing out of life without working hard.
“We got a great result last Saturday. Now we have another home game that if we win keeps us in a good position.”