James Beattie insists he isn’t worrying about league tables or points totals ahead of tomorrow’s trip to York – just returning to winning ways.
The Reds saw a four match unbeaten run ended last weekend when Northampton left the Store First Stadium with all three points and now face a City side unbeaten in eleven matches.
With his team two points from 13th and six ahead of the bottom two, Beattie’s focus is simply putting another three on the board.
“Our destiny’s in our own hands,” he explained. “We certainly won’t be going for just one more win this season but if we get one more win and other results go our way then I don’t think it’s mathematically possible anyway.
“We’re just out to try to win as many games as we can between now and the end of the season. That’s been the aim all along. I want these lads to end on a real positive because I think that they deserve it.
“If we can go there and implement the things that we’ve worked on all season, the game management, temperament and trying to always play the game like it’s 0-0, we can get a result.
“The lads have grown collectively and individually over the course of the season, irrespective of which teams we’ve played. We’ll do all the preparation and we’ll treat York with the respect they deserve. I’m sure they’ll respect us too, for our form and how far we’ve come.
“It’s a good opportunity for us to go there and perform well and get the desired result.
“They have a great record recently and are one of the form teams in the division. Nigel Worthington’s done a great job there. He’s a very nice guy, he’s obviously more experienced than I am but he’s always been very receptive to me and I respect him as a manager.
“I believe there’s potential in our dressing room and I believe 100% in my players irrespective of who we are playing to get a result. I have confidence in them and I think I have every right to be confident in them from the performances they’ve been putting in.”
With just five games left survival and planning for the future will be in the minds of many managers across the country and Beattie feels it’s a balancing act as he looks to keep the onus on the trip to Bootham Crescent.
“As a manager you have to do basically everything,” he said. “We have a hell of a lot of focus on the job in hand and nothing will detract from that. You still have to look at your recruitment. We’ve been to watch players, we’ve had a number of players on trial and we’re always looking to improve.
“The job in hand is a big one and nothing will detract my attention from that. I need to keep the boys focussed as well. Saturday would have been a great opportunity for us to secure our league status for another season but for one reason or another that didn’t happen.
“They know now that we need to do a job between now and the end of the season. They’re all in good spirits and it’s my job to make sure we get results between now and the end of the season.”