PETER JACKSON sent his Town players into training today warning: "Places are up for grabs!"
The Galpharm chief is giving much thought to team selection in the wake of defeat at Doncaster as he looks for a positive response against Hull at home on Sunday (noon).
Jackson watched defenders Steve Yates and Anthony Lloyd in the Reserves yesterday along with strike duo Junior Mendes and Danny Schofield, who came off suffering an ankle injury.
John McAliskey missed the Belle Vue match, which Town lost 2-1, through illness, while Jackson is hoping Tony Carss (knee) will respond to treatment and be fit for Sunday.
"We know we have to vastly improve on the performance we gave against Doncaster, but every time I've asked the lads for a big response over the last 15 months, they have delivered," said Jackson today.
"I am looking to be sharper in all aspects of our game and especially in tightening things up. Last season we kept 17 clean sheets and this season we've had one, so we need to get back to our meanest form - and quickly.
"The lads have all been very honest about what happened on Monday. They realise they let themselves down, they let me down and they let the fans down and they know they need to produce the goods on Sunday.
"They will be up for it and we have to be positive - including the fans, who have a big part to play.
"As for selection, places are up for grabs. Nobody's place is safe for this Sunday."
While Akpo Sodje has been signed on a three-month contract, Jackson insists he has no immediate plans to further strengthen the squad.
"We haven't played anything like our best yet and, as soon as we do, we will start moving up the table," he said.
"There is nothing between the teams in this League and I'm confident the lads will do well, but we have to start playing like we are capable of and doing it consistently."
Jackson was keeping thoughts on his selection and formation under wraps against Hull, who he watched lose 1-0 to Bradford on Tuesday. Colin Murphy will be in charge of the Hull team on Sunday because Peter Taylor is on international duty with Jon Stead and the England Under 21s.