ACCRINGTON Stanley have points at the top of their Christmas list as they enter a hectic 10 day period.
The Reds travel to Bristol Rovers tomorrow before a huge local derby at home against Bury on Boxing Day, with the Shakers selling all their 1400 ticket allocation.
The following Saturday it is managerless Mansfield at home and then, on New Years Day, a trip to Wrexham.
It is a huge four games for them as they look to lift themselves out of a current slump which has seen them take two points out of 24 and slip towards the League Two relegation places.
"Games can't come soon enough for me and I never had any problem as a player, playing all these games and I am sure my players are the same," said manager John Coleman.
"We are in a bad run of form at the moment and we need to turn it around and we can't keep banging on about how desperate we are for a win. We need one sooner rather than later and then a couple more would be huge for the confidence.
"Every game between now and the end of the season is massive for us and everyone is tough.
"The players have a cracking spirit among themselves despite the recent run and hopefully we will get something out of the next two games.
"There is no hiding the fact we are in a relegation battle and every point is massive now and four games in ten days gives us a chance to push on."
Mid-table Bristol Rovers represent a difficult challenge for Stanley who have won just once away from home this season and have the worst defensive record in the league.
"I have had them watched and they are a strong side who are awkward to play against - but that is similar to a lot of the sides in this league," said Coleman. "What we have got to remember is that we haven't been playing badly despite results not going our way and we will go there with confidence."
Then it is a huge local derby against Bury on Tuesday, managed by Burnley-born Chris Casper, who are still reeling after being thrown out of the FA Cup for fielding an ineligible player and denied a home tie against Gary Roberts' Ipswich.
"They will be hurting because of that," said Coleman. "But there is no denying they have done well this season. After a shakey start, they have gone on a really good run which has given them confidence.
"It is a big game for us and it should be a cracking atmosphere and one, I am sure, everyone is looking forward to."
One-time Stanley target Andy Bishop, who signed for the Shakers from York in the summer, is one of their major threats with 13 goals this season.
"I did want to sign him but there is no point worrying about it - it didn't happen. He chose to go to Bury and there is no looking back," said Coleman.
The two sides fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Gigg Lane earlier in the season, with Bishop and Glynn Hurst scoring for Bury and Roberts and Rommy Boco on target for the Reds.
Coleman will be hoping Andy Mangan can continue his rich vein of form in front of goal with two well-taken goals in two league games.
"He will be taking a lot of confidence from that," added the Reds chief.