Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon says the focus is on the here and now as his side aim for a seventh straight Sky Bet League Two win when Carlisle United visit Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon.
Mellon’s men are fifth after a run of results that has seen them move to within five points of the automatic promotion places with a game in hand.
But despite their current good form, the Scot is keeping his and the squad’s feet on the ground ahead of the fixture against Steven Pressley’s Cumbrians.
Mellon said: “I think we try to keep them focused on the now because that’s all you can control so we don’t look any further forward than the now. It would be wrong of me to say that we don’t all dream because that’s great, that’s life, that’s what football is all about but then you have to bring yourself to the reality of just be good at the minute, be good at what you do now and get prepared as best as possible for the game at the weekend, so that’s how we approach things.
“You get confidence from performances and results and I think they go hand-in-hand. We have got to make sure what we do is keep everything consistent and, on the level, and we don’t get carried away.
“There is a formula that we have in order to try and get us to play well, in order to try and get us performing and we make sure that every day, in training we try to get those levels, if we don’t then we find a way of getting them because it gives them the best chance of performing at the weekend and if you perform well it gives you a good chance of getting results.
“They (Carlisle) are up and among the Play-Off contenders, they have plenty to fight for so we know it is going to be a massive battle for the valuable points so there will be no surprises.”
Mellon also hopes that TRFC can continue to give the SWA winning performances as the promotion race heads down to its final few weeks.
He added: “It’s important you give the fans something worth supporting as much as you can.
“To come in to this time of the season to have some kind of excitement is really what you would want to be able to give them.
“There is excitement for the fans, we will continue to work hard day-by-day, enjoy the sunshine and working hard, keep the intensity up to the levels that the players need to be used to playing at, giving them every bit of help that they need in order for them to keep performing.”
To listen to Micky's full pre-match press conference ahead of the game this weekend, please click here.