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Andre Boucaud is so sure Kettering Town will be in the Blue Square Premier play-off places at the end of the season.

It remains to be seen whether the Poppies would be allowed to compete in an extended season should they finish in the top five as the lack of a 10-year lease on their Rockingham Road stadium currently makes them ineligible for promotion.

For the time being, the Kettering players can only do their bit and then pray for a miracle.

Their hopes were dented on Tuesday night as they missed a whole host of chances before slipping to a 1-0 home defeat to Cambridge United.

But Boucaud, who was one of the guilty parties when it came to missing those opportunities, insists the Poppies can last the distance.

"I think we have got a great chance," the midfielder said.

"We have been playing well and if we continue like that then I have no doubts that we will be in the play-off places.

"Everyone saw what the problem was on Tuesday and we know we missed too many chances.

"It's frustrating because our performance was pretty good. The important thing is we are creating the chances and I am sure everyone would be worried if we weren't doing that.

"I am confident the goals will come and if we can sort that problem out then we are capable of doing very well."

The Poppies take the best away record in the division to second-placed Oxford United tomorrow.

And while the pressure is on Lee Harper's men to maintain their push for a top-five finish, Oxford find themselves needing a win to regain top spot from Stevenage Borough who are involved in the FA Carlsberg Trophy tomorrow.

It should be a big occasion at the Kassam Stadium and Boucaud is ready for it.

"It's a big game for both clubs," he said.

"No-one would have expected them to lose to Hayes & Yeading on Tuesday but it just goes to show that anyone can beat anyone in this division.

"We will go there with no fear because we feel we can beat anyone when we are at our best.

"It's a nice stadium and a big pitch so it will give us the chance to get the ball down and play football the way we like to play it. We are looking forward to it."

Boucaud has forced his way back into the starting line-up in the last two games after he suffered a serious head injury in the game at Stevenage Borough in January.

And he insists his performances will only get better in the latter stages of the season.

"It's not easy when you are out for a couple of weeks and then come back in," he added.

"But I believe I am getting back to my best I am happy with how it's gone in the last two games.

"I am pretty much at 100 per cent and I think it will only get better from now on."