Midfield ace Antoni Sarcevic believes Fleetwood Town still have a chance of taking the League Two title after bagging his first goal since December.
The former Crewe man scored the opener in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Bury.
And he believes that with Fleetwood’s promotion rivals all dropping points in the past week, the race to League One is wide open.
“There’s no easy game,” said Sarcevic. “Teams are dropping points all over the place and we’ve just got to keep going. We can do it.
“We’re five points off the top – that’s not impossible but we’ve got to put in the performances.”
And the 21-year-old admitted that with 10 games remaining the Town players were starting to pay attention to the table and the form of teams around them.
He told The Gazette: “Everyone will be looking at the tables. They’ll all be coming in and asking what all the other teams have done. That’s how it is and it’s going to be a very tight one.
The strike against Bury will be a confidence-boost for the midfielder, whose last goal came against the Shakers’ neighbours and bitter rivals Rochdale three months ago.
He insists he never lost confidence, adding: “I knew myself I’d been getting in the right positions but I’ve just not been getting that lucky break.
“The goal on Tuesday was a bit of a scruffy one in the end, a bit scrappy.
“But sometimes those are the best ones and I’m over the moon with it.”
He’s hoping not to leave it quite so long before finding the net again.
“You never want to go a long time between goals,” he joked.“I’d have said the same thing after each of my first seven this season, but I certainly don’t want to leave it so long again.”
Missed chances proved costly for Fleetwood at Gigg Lane, who dominated the first half, and Sarcevic said: “We should have gone in at half-time two or three up with the chances we created.
“We shouldn’t have conceded so early in the second half. We’ve put pressure on ourselves.
“When we managed to take the lead again, we needed to see the game out because it’s one we should have won.”
But despite the disappointment of not taking all three points, the midfielder hopes Town’s four-game unbeaten run can be extended.
He said: “It’s nice to keep getting points on the board. We could look back and see that point at Bury as an important one. We’ve just got to concentrate on keeping up the unbeaten run.”
And he believes the energy of new midfield comrade Josh Morris, on loan from Blackburn Rovers, could help in the late promotion push
Sarcevic said: “Josh is an energetic lad. He’s like myself, with a lot of creativity.
“He’s got a great touch and he gave us some great options. He created plenty for us on Tuesday night.”