LEE FOWLER would like nothing better than to finish the season as a winner in his home town of Cardiff.
The 20-year-old midfield player has had an eventful 2003-04 campaign which could still hold the prize of a Millennium Stadium play-off final.
For a lad who was born and brought up in the Welsh capital and who still has most of his family in the South Wales area, that's a massive incentive.
"It would be wonderful to go back home in the final with Town, not just for myself but for Terry Yorath as well," said Fowler, who was itching to get involved in the two-legged play-off semi-final against Lincoln.
"From my point of view, though, I've got to get back in the team first.
"I was a bit disappointed not to make the starting line-up down at Cheltenham last week and then not to get on as a sub, but the manager is the main decision maker and that's up to him.
"All it means is that I'll work even harder to give him a selection headache and to do my bit for the cause."
Fowler joined Town last summer, initially on loan from Coventry before signing a permanent deal.
He played for Wales Under 21s early in the season but, at the McAlpine, he encountered some disciplinary problems and was sent-off twice, against Scunthorpe away and Oxford at home.
Then, in February, injuries took their toll.
Firstly, Fowler underwent an ankle operation and, when that was clear, he went back under the knife for a double hernia repair.
It was only 17 days later that he made a surprise return as a substitute against Mansfield, after pushing Jackson to involve him in the squad following just one long run and two sessions of training before a full workout the day before the match.
"It was devastating to miss out last weekend and I don't ever want to see our changing room like that again," he explained.
"There's nothing we can do about that now, though, apart from realise that the important work has to start again right now.
"All the lads will stick together and, having been so disappointed, we have already picked ourselves up this week.
"We've got enough characters in the squad like Efe Sodje, Andy Booth and Steve Yates - older pros who can pick the younger ones up.
"They haven't allowed anyone to stay `down' about the way things turned out last weekend and we are all determined to work 10 times harder to achieve our goal than we already have been.
"The gaffer and Taff have been great as well in picking everything up, because we were all really gutted about missing out on automatic promotion.
"It was important we didn't dwell on what went on and, as far as I'm concerned, I had mentally started thinking about the first leg against Lincoln last Sunday and, come Monday, it was down to the physical aspect in training."
So what does Fowler make of the opposition, who will return to the McAlpine on Wednesday (7.45) for the concluding part of semi-final battle.
"They are a hard team to play against because they bombard you with long throws and balls into the box," said Fowler.
"You have to give them credit because they are good at what the do. We just have to tip the balance by being excellent at what we do.
"We certainly can't afford to let them bully us. We have to be physically stronger and mentally stronger than them to win through."
Much attention has focused on Pawel Abbott's bad backpass at Cheltenham which led to an equaliser for John Ward's side when a Town win would have taken them up ahead of Torquay.
"Pav was more upset than anybody, but everyone has rallied round to encourage him this week and get him back to normal," said Fowler.
"He's a tremendous player and one who we need firing on all cylinders for the play-offs.
"We are all in this together and, as I said, we will stick together to hopefully see the job through.
"We've had a great season so far and there's all the character you could want to finish it off."