ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman is urging his side to have one last push for the final 10 Conference games of the season.
Stanley face a huge game on Saturday when they travel to out-of-sorts Carlisle United with just two points separating sixth placed Reds from ninth placed United - although Carlisle have a game in hand.
It promises to be a good atmosphere, with the Brunton Park side averaging crowds of 5,000, and it is another six pointer for the Reds with are unbeaten in 10 games - with eight wins and two draws.
"We need a big push now," said the manager. "If we can get the same results in our final 10 games as we have in our last 10 games we should be there or thereabouts."
Paul Simpson's side have had a hard time, losing use of their ground because of flooding in January - although they are back home now - and winning just one league game in 10 and that came against Leigh on Tuesday night.
"Losing their ground for more than a month hasn't helped them," said the Reds chief. "And they have lost one or two players including striker Andy Preece, which has probably influenced them.
"But they are a decent side with Karl Hawley obviously being a good player and they have quite a few we need to watch. But they will be identifying players in our squad who are strong. They have a decent following and it should be a good game.
"Carlisle won on Tuesday - their first win in ten matches - and that might not be a bad thing for us because it takes the pressure off them a bit.
"But I hope it is not like buses where two come at once. We will go there and give it our best shot.
"If we are on top of our game, which no doubt we will be for the bigger games like this, then hopefully we will get something out of it."
Coleman has a fully fit squad to choose from with no suspensions and the addition of the two new signings, striker David Brown from Hereford and winger Gary Roberts from Welshpool.
"I have a few selection posers for Saturday but it is a nice headache. We are in a better position now squad-wise," said Coleman. "David will play some part."
Carlisle boss Simpson, whose side were relegated from the Football League last season, still believes his side can get into the top five despite their dip in form. "As a squad we have the belief that we can get into the play-offs," he said.
- STANLEY'S Good Friday match at Burton Albion on 25 March will be an evening kick off, at 7.45pm.