SHELL-SHOCKED striker Pawel Abbott was today told: "Fire us to Cardiff!"
The 22-year-old was inconsolable after his blunder led to Cheltenham's late equaliser at Whaddon Road on Saturday and effectively cost Town the chance of a promotion-clinching victory.
Abbott has been back on the training ground with Town since Monday, however, and has been advised by manager Peter Jackson to focus on the challenges ahead.
"Pav was distraught after the match and also on the coach travelling back," said Jackson, who is waiting for fitness updates on midfielder Tony Carss (thigh) and striker John McAliskey, who is battling to overcome a bruised toe.
"I've had a chat with Pav and told him that we can look back at all sorts of incidents over the season which have cost us points - it's a team game and there are 46 matches over the season.
"Missed chances and daft goals conceded all conspire to leave you where you are.
"He knows it was an horrendous mistake and he is bitterly disappointed about it, but I've told him to forget about it and focus on the vitally important ties we've got coming up against Lincoln City.
"We wouldn't be in a play-off position if it wasn't for the goals Pav has scored and he needs to remember that.
"I've just told him to get his head up, get his normal work done on the training ground, which is excellent, and score us the goals against Lincoln which will take us all the way to Cardiff for the final on May 31"
Abbott has netted five goals in 12 starts plus one substitute appearance.
His tally includes the controversial winner against Lincoln in the Third Division meeting at the McAlpine in February, when he appeared well offside before referee George Cain noticed the ball was touched on by a defender.
The decision, apparently, still rankles with Sincil Bank chief Keith Alexander, whose team won the previous clash 3-1 on home soil.