GARY MILLS has urged his York City side to ignore the league table.
The Minstermen host Barrow tomorrow propping up the National League and sitting five points adrift of safety.
“It is about winning games now,” said Mills, who is without Matty Fry after he injured knee ligaments in training earlier this week.
“It is not about the performance, it is about results. We have improved as a team and this is a squad now that allows me to do my job properly.
“I can start managing the players and do things, knowing I can get a response. I didn’t feel that was the case before.”
On York’s precarious position, Mills added: “I have told my players not to look at the league. They will but I have said don’t. But I told them because I honestly believe we are as good as Dover (who occupy a play-off place and York drew 2-2 against in their last outing) now.
“Teams are picking up points but we can get round that by winning games. It is all about us, not Southport winning here or Torquay winning there.”
Meanwhile, North Ferriby United head to Southport knowing victory will drag the seaside club back into trouble.
The Sandgrounders are four points clear of trouble despite a decent run lately but the Villagers can change all that by avenging last September’s loss.
“A win at Southport would be a big boost for us and would also tighten up the situation for the bottom eight teams,” said Housham, whose side are six points behind today’s opponents.
“The season is far from over and we are still doing better than predicted. The spirit amongst everybody at the club remains strong. This team will not give up, it will battle for every point.”
Matty Templeton is in the squad following his arrival on loan from Barnsley, while Steve Brogan should be fit.
Guiseley will be looking to hit back after a 6-1 FA Trophy hammering at Nuneaton Borough last week.
Boss Adam Lockwood issued an apology to supporters on behalf of the dressing room and is seeking a positive response when his team line up against Macclesfield Town at Moss Rose today.
“When we have positive results, it is for everyone connected with the club who should take credit for it,” said Lockwood.
“On days like Saturday, everyone should feel the pain.
“If people don’t feel the pain and aren’t pulling in the right direction, they are blaming other people and the blame game goes on and you are in trouble.