Grant Holt wants to see more performances like that produced by Barrow AFC on Saturday in the final four matches that will decide their National League future.

The Bluebirds fell to a 1-0 defeat against an Ebbsfleet United side who are on a sustained play-off push, and remain in the relegation zone. But Holt saw enough in a committed display where Kingsley James had an effort cleared off the line and both Luke James and Lewis Walters were denied by fine saves from Fleet keeper Nathan Ashmore to give him optimism going forward.

It was a strong showing from Barrow, who are still a point from safety as Woking also lost – 2-0 at home to Bromley – but once which just failed to follow-up the midweek win over Eastleigh with more points on the board. Holt, who came off the bench deep into an injury-time period which saw keeper Steve Arnold pushed up-field in search of an equaliser, was happy with the efforts and felt a share of the spoils would have been well-earned.

“I thought we performed well,” said Holt. “I thought we could have recycled the ball a little bit better – but that’s the only criticism I could probably level at them today.

“I thought they worked hard; I thought they put their bodies on the line; I thought, to be fair to Ebbsfleet, they look like a side who are going for the play-offs, and they were chucking absolutely everything they could at it at the end there – they were making blocks left, right and centre.

“I’m proud of them. The lads kept on going, they kept on doing it. Games are coming thick and fast, and every time we ask them to keep going, they keep going again, and we just have to keep doing that.”

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