PETER JACKSON has set sights on a first League double of the season against Port Vale and today told his squad: "Go for it!"
Town go head-to-head with the Potteries raiders at the Galpharm on Boxing Day (3.00) needing a three-point boost to their League I play-off credentials.
Jackson seems certain to opt for a 4-4-2 starting formation against Martin Foyle's men, who are on the same 29 points from 22 matches, and he's hoping Town get full backing from a 14,000-plus crowd.
Team changes are staying closely under wraps, but Steve Yates is back in contention for a possible 50th League appearance for the club while Danny Schofield could be the key to a formation change with a first start in four games.
"It's our first chance of a League double and we are going for it in a big way," said Jackson, whose squad will leave on Monday morning for the match at Bournemouth on Tuesday (3.00).
"When I look at the season as a whole so far, I still stress to people that we've got nothing at all to be frightened of at this level if we play like we know we can.
"Port Vale have already, earlier this season, experienced the true quality we can produce and it would be nice to get back to that level of performance on Boxing Day.
"It is important to be positive. We have picked ourselves up after the Bradford game and we're ready to go again in what is another vital home game.
"We are looking forward to it and, with another big holiday crowd behind us, we'll be giving everything towards getting those three points."
Midfield player Lee Fowler completes his three-match ban against a Vale side who have netted just eight times on their travels and who fell to Pawel Abbott's hat trick in September.
"The stats count for nothing when you consider Vale scored a terrific win against Oldham last week and will be coming here on a high," added Jackson.
"It's up to us to make sure we get back to our best with a tight defence and fluent attack and, if we do that, it should be a very happy Christmas."
Jackson - seen giving his message to get stuck in (right) - was today finalising his plans before the players have a day off tomorrow from training.