Fleetwood Town’s Wembley hero Antoni Sarcevic insists it’s too early to start talking about another play-off run but believes the club can surprise their League One rivals.
And having scored the winner to end a run of close to three months without a home victory, the 22-year-old is ready to make his mark against title contenders Bristol City.
Town travel to Ashton Gate on Sunday to face a Robins side still fighting on two fronts.
As well as their League One challenge, Steve Cotterill’s men face a Johnstone’s Paints Trophy showdown with Gillingham on Thursday, having almost taken West Ham to an FA Cup replay last Sunday afternoon.
Sarcevic, the star of the show against Crawley on Saturday, can’t wait to get stuck into the West Country side, who could be battle-weary after a busy week.
“Bristol City, bring it on,” he told the Gazette. “We’ll give them a test.
I don’t want to rush ahead and start saying we can do anything in terms of where we finish, but we go into every game confident.
“We’re a tight unit and maybe we’ll surprise a few people.”
Fleetwood are currently sitting sixth in the table but all the teams around them have games in hand.
That includes the Robins, who lie second but only trail leaders Swindon on goal difference.
But Sarcevic knows points on the board matter most. The midfielder said: “It puts the pressure on the other team.
“We’ve got those points. They know they need to win.
“For Fleetwood to be up there in League One shows how far the lads have come.
“It’s up to the teams with the games in hand to catch us.”
Before Saturday’s victory, Fleetwood’s last home win had been on November 1, when Gillingham were the visitors.
Sarcevic wasn’t thinking that far back after sealing a vital three points but made it clear Fleetwood’s players were pleased to have put their 2-0 defeat to Oldham the previous weekend behind them.
He added:“We wanted to get back to winning ways after the disappointment against Oldham.
“We found out after the Crawley game we’d gone five places up the table.
“It shows how tight it is and what a good win that was.”
The former Manchester City youngster scored from a free-kick two minutes before the break but could easily have had more, forcing several saves from on-loan Crystal Palace stopper Lewis Price and hitting the woodwork.
He said: “The first couple of chances before the free kick were just half-chances. After that I’ve hit the post. “It could have been two or even more.
“But I’m just happy to have got the win.”
And the midfielder was keen to credit boss Graham Alexander for his role in the winner.
“The manager’s shouted for Gareth Evans to go on the end (of the wall),” he explained.
“It just puts the keeper off a little bit more. It’s gone straight through the wall and straight through him.
“It’s just one of those little things you need.”