David Howell wants his Harrow players to vent their pent-up frustration by derailing Carshalton Athletic's playoff push on Saturday.
Borough have yet to play since they were thrashed 6-0 by Wealdstone, with both last Saturday's Ryman Premier clash against Staines Town and Tuesday night's Isthmian League Cup Third Round game at Godalming Town postponed because of frozen pitches. The Staines game has been rescheduled for February 17, while Harrow hope to move next Monday's Senior Cup game at Fisher Athletic in order to play Godalming on the Tuesday.
Now Howell wants his troops to fly out of the traps at the War Memorial Sports Ground on Saturday and emerge victorious.
"These things happen for a reason and there is not a lot we can do about it," said the Harrow manager of the postponements.
"I've got a few players who might not have been available anyway because of work and different things. I need everyone available for selection but training has been limited this week due to the conditions."
"We're letting them loose on Saturday," he added.
"They have not been able to get anything out of their systems but Saturday provides them with the opportunity.
"I'm hoping the Wealdstone game was just a blip as up until then the performances were really good.
"That defeat feels like an eternity away now and I'm hoping the break will have helped the lads forget about it. "We now need to get a couple of good results to close the gap.
"The sooner we can get to 30 points the better as you have more of a chance of staying in the middle pack and doing something from there."
Howell led a training session on the softer areas of the Earlsmead pitch on Saturday before holding one-on-one sessions with his players.
"When you speak to them collectively there is a danger that some of them drift off because what I am saying might not directly relate to them," said Howell.
"Speaking to them one-on-one gave me the opportunity to gain an insight into their thoughts and feelings. I learned a lot."
Harrow were thumped 5-1 at home by Carshalton in August with former Wealdstone striker Richard Jolly helping himself to four goals.
However, the Cars are experiencing their own problems on home turf with only three wins from 11 league games there, and Howell is confident of victory.
"It's important we go there and get a win," commented the Borough boss.
"They play a good passing game and look to play attacking football. Teams tend to go there, get behind the ball and counter them."
Borough, who will be without midfielder Bobby Highton through suspension, are targeting a good points haul this month and, says Howell, it does not matter how they go about achieving it.
"January is a rebuilding phase for us as we aim to get the club back on track," he said.
"We were hit and miss in 2008 but we start with a blank canvas in 2009 and go again.
"Last year I was focussing on performances whereas now we need results for the lads to regain their confidence. Performances alone at the moment won't be enough.
"It is about getting the points on the table and the performances will come once that happens."
Meanwhile, Howell is set to hold talks with unsettled striker Jonathan Constant.
The 20-year-old has been unable to hold down a regular starting place this season and Howell believes it could be time for him to seek pastures new.
"He is not very happy and he feels a bit lost and confused at the moment," admitted the manager, who could bring in a new face before the weekend.
"I've given him more slack than any other player I've had at the club.
"I've taken it because his circumstances were a bit different but there is only so much you can do for somebody  they have to help themselves too."
Constant looked a hot prospect in his mid-teens before injuries scuppered his chance of a move to a big club.
Howell still believes the forward still has a chance of making it.
"Everyone has got a chance and he might need to be around a new manager in new surroundings." Jonathan Constant could be set to exit Earlsmead. H10368-4