Micky Mellon insists there is no chance of his title-chasing Fleetwood Town side taking victory at rock-bottom Bath City for granted on Saturday.
The manager insists the prize at stake is far too great and the competition for places in these vital final games too intense for his players to contemplate taking their foot off the gas.
The fortunes of the two clubs could hardly contrast more starkly but Mellon assured The Gazette: “There are no motivation issues this week because we know there’s a lot of work to be done .
“If you are not up for it with six games to go to try to change your life, you have a problem. Bath will be difficult because every game in this division is.”
While Town are unbeaten in 25 games, winning 13 out of 15 in the Blue Square Bet Premier 2012 as they bid for Football League status, Bath have lost their last three without scoring.
That recent shattered hopes of a new dawn provided by back-to-back wins over Barrow and Lincoln at the start of the month, before which Bath had lost nine on the spin.
But if Town had any ideas that the finish line was in sight, Wrexham revitalised the title race with Tuesday’s dramatic 4-2 win at Darlington, which left them six points behind Town with a game in hand and a trip to Highbury on Tuesday week to come.
But Mellon can bank on a hungry squad and plenty of friendly rivalry for places in the team.
Even an illness to top scorer Jamie Vardy did not cause Mellon undue concern at home to high-flying Mansfield last Saturday, when he knew he could rely on a solid 60 minutes from Gareth Seddon before bringing on the 31-goal man for a scoring cameo. Mellon is happy to reveal his secret: “I always make sure all the players know that we don’t have a first team.
“Every member of the squad knows that they will be trusted to step in and that they will be called upon at some point. That’s the case with Gareth, who did a great job last weekend.”
Seddon is happy to play his part, saying: “I hadn’t played for a few weeks, and maybe I could have carried on for another few minutes, but the manager likes to keep things fresh and make sure players don’t become tired or sloppy.
“I think it’s fantastic that we are in a position to have players as good as Vardy coming off the bench. I can run around for a good hour before the players on the bench come on and make an impact.
“Everything seems to going to plan. If I can get another promotion, it would be two in three years here, which would be fantastic.”
Such is Town’s strength in depth that midfielder Danny Rose has hardly managed a kick for Town since playing for England C at Highbury last month.
Mellon added: “It has been tough for Danny, but he had a fantastic upbringing at Manchester United and he understands the situation.
“He will be a massive player for Fleetwood Town, but the other lads in his position are doing fantastically well and he will be the first to back that up.”
Gareth Seddon was talking to MICHAEL WOODS