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Jackson buoyed by duo’s return

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KIRK Jackson says revitalised Weymouth are not closing the door on their Conference South play-off dream.

Back-to-back wins over Easter under new boss Garry Hill has kept alive the Terras slim hopes of promotion.

And striker Jackson, who netted during the Bank Holiday Monday home victory over Hornchurch, reckons the return of out-cast pair Chukki Eribenne and Shaun Wilkinson has triggered his side’s improved form.

He told Echosport: “It’s a happy dressing room again after our two victories over Easter.

“The manager said to us when he arrived at the club that we have to try and win every game between now and the end of the season if we want any hope of getting in the play-offs.

“We’ve won two out of two under Garry so far and the signs look good.

“Every game will be a cup final for us between now and the end of the season – all we can do is keeping grinding out the results and hope things go well.

`A draw will not be good enough in any game, we need maximum points in each of our remaining six matches.

“We could have won in more convincing fashion against Hornchurch than we did and the 3-2 victory over Maidenhead probably flattered them a bit.”

Jackson credits new boss Hill for recalling Eribenne and Wilkinson to the Wessex Stadium, with the returning pair having an instant impact.

He said: “Garry has changed things around a bit, particularly on the personnel front, and those changeshave definitely had a positive effect.

“Chukki and Shaun Wilkinson are back in the team after having been out on loan and they’ve both done well since returning.

“Garry, who I know from when he managed me at Hornchurch and Dagenham, has come with some new ideas and things have gone well so far.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for our former manager Steve Johnson – he brought me to the club – and I don’t really want to say anything against him.

“But now we’ve got to go forward, look to the future and be positive.”

And Jackson, who ended a run of eight games without a goal from open play against Hornchurch, hopes his header against the Urchins will be the first of many over the coming weeks.

Headed

“All strikers have spells where things don’t go their way and I think that has been the case with me recently,” he said.

“But I kept plugging away and eventually things went my way and I headed us ahead.

“It was good playing with Bradley Thomas alongside me and he did really, really well.

“I’d seen him play up front for the reserves a few weeks ago so I wasn’t surprised by the decision to play him there.

“I said to Brad before the game not to worry about things, just go out there and keep things simple and enjoy it.

“He did that although whether he’s got a future up front who knows.”

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