Jamie Proctor wants to see Fleetwood Town seize the initiative as they host play-off chasing Bury this afternoon.
Town have taken just two points from their last four league games, which has dumped them back into the League One drop zone.
But Proctor wants to see that change as the Shakers visit Highbury for Town’s 2016 opener.
“It would be nice to go ahead,” said the striker, who has found his chances limited under new boss Steven Pressley.
“We’re a team who, when we do get in front, get two, three, four and really kick on.
“We can’t keep shooting ourselves in the foot. We need to take control of a game.”
Town have been hamstrung by a lack of consistency, not just game to game but minute to minute.
It’s a problem Proctor knows desperately needs addressing.
“We’ve had spells where we’ve worked well, created chances and scored goals,” he said.
“But then there’s been another 15 or 20 minutes when we’ve gone behind or struggled to get into a game or not held a lead.
“We need a consistent performance through a whole game.”
Fleetwood have dominated many games but been unable to turn chances into goals.
It’s been frustrating for fans and players alike, and although Proctor would love to entertain, he knows that climbing out of danger is Town’s top priority.
“The most important thing now is points,” he said.
“On an ideal day, you play well and get three points.
“But the lads would rather play badly, get the result and get ourselves into a better position in the league.
“We need to turn it round. We’ve got to find a way to do that and quickly.”
Proctor scored last time the two sides met – a dramatic 4-3 win for Fleetwood at Gigg Lane.
It was one of the high points of Fleetwood’s campaign but the Preston-born forward knows that repeating it is going to be no easy feat.
“It was a great win,” he said. “That game seems like a lifetime ago. It was a good game for the fans and for us, and a great victory.
“But we know it will be a tough test this time around. We know we’ll have to work hard.”
Goals are the lifeblood of a striker and Proctor knows he needs to earn more game time to rediscover his scoring form.
He said:”I’ve really just had cameo roles, not getting any real chances.
“I’ve been coming on and putting myself about. I’d like the opportunity to get the chances but I’ve got to bring that on myself.
“I’ve got to do as much as I can to get on the pitch to put myself in the gaffer’s mind.”