Steven Pressley wants to bounce back at Chesterfield tomorrow but says the fate of his Fleetwood Town side will not be decided at the Proact Stadium.
Chesterfield are 18th in League One, just two points above Pressley’s men.
The Town boss says his team must beat their relegation rivals, but he reiterated that they have nine games left to reach the points tally he believes will ensure their League One survival.
Pressley is keeping that magic number close to his chest, but says his men are excited to face Danny Wilson’s Spireites and keen to end their run of three straight defeats to Burton Albion, Walsall and Barnsley.
And the former Scotland international says that Town’s future is still in their own hands.
Pressley said: “It is a massive game at the weekend but the great thing for us is that it is still in our own hands.
“If we win the appropriate games we will stay in the division but that will not be decided tomorrow.
“It is an important game, no doubt about it, but it will be decided over how many wins we get between now and the end of the season and we just need to make sure we get those wins.
“We are all aware of the situation. It will not be how other teams perform between now and the end of the season – it will be decided on a points tally. If we get to the safe points tally we will be fine.
“We have got nine games to do that and I’m really confident we can do that.
“We have worked very hard this week on a number of aspects of play and we are really looking forward to the game.
“We have to go there and win, and we have to go there and play our way, and I genuinely believe we can do that.”
And Pressley says Town can take heart from their recent performances, despite the results.
He said: “Football changes very quickly. It is only two weeks ago that we were on the back of a really positive run. Now we find ourselves with three defeats and we have to bounce back from that.
“We have had six games on the spin that have been against really tough opposition (Coventry, Gillingham, Sheffield United, Burton, Walsall and Barnsley), probably some of the top clubs in the league, and we have played very well in the majority of those games.
“Even though we are on a losing run at this moment in time, I think we should take confidence from some of our performances and results.
“We have to get back to winning ways, and we have to go to Chesterfield with a really positive mindset and a real belief we can do that.
“I think Chesterfield are a little bit like ourselves in that they have shown periods of real quality and also inconsistencies.
“They have an experienced manager who has a real understanding of the league, so it makes it a really challenging game but I can honestly say we are really excited about it.”
Pressley was coy about the club’s injury concerns but did reveal that on-loan Everton striker David Henen is fit and could be in the squad as both Wes Burns (Wales U21s) and Conor McLaughlin (Northern Ireland) will miss the clash due to international duty.
He said: “David is certainly fit and he has certainly come back in good condition.
“We spent the last 7-10 days building that up. He has certainly got some part to play at the weekend, that is one thing that I will say.”
Pressley did not make any last-minute additions before the loan window closed yesterday, having brought in midfielder Stefan Scougall from Sheffield United last week.
The manager said: “I’m really happy with Stefan. He played a small part against Barnsley last weekend but he is a really energetic player.
“He has good experience in this division, which I thought was important, and I think he very much suits our style of play, so I am excited to see more of Stefan.”
n Town right-back Conor McLaughlin again started for Northern Ireland in last night’s 1-1 friendly draw with Wales.
The Irish were leading through former Blackpool defender Craig Cathcart’s goal when McLaughlin was substituted on 81 minutes, but Simon Church equalised with a late penalty in Cardiff.