DETERMINED manager Peter Jackson travelled with his squad down to Bournemouth today convinced Town will make massive strides in the second half of the season.
Jackson is disappointed with 12th place so far, despite yesterday's 2-1 Galpharm win against Port Vale which completed a first League I double of the campaign.
And, as he prepares for tomorrow's clash at Dean Court (3.00), Jackson spelled out why he feels Town can close a five-point gap on the play-off placings.
"We have stepped up into a tough division with some big clubs in it and we aren't fazed or frightened by it," said Jackson.
"I have been delighted by the attitude of the players and, in the second half of the season, I feel we can only get better.
"Some clubs might be happy with 12th spot, and we are above the likes of Doncaster and Torquay who were promoted with us, but I feel there is more to come from my team.
"We have given away some sloppy goals and thrown away some silly points, but we are not far off being a very good side in this division, I feel we should be higher than we are and we will be setting our target to improve.
"I think we've already shown everybody that if we play to our full potential we can beat anybody in this league, and I firmly believe the lads can build on this win against Port Vale and pick up the points we need."
Jackson has added Akpo Sodje and Anthony Lloyd to the squad for the match against Bournemouth, whose game at Colchester yesterday was off.
Midfielder Lee Fowler, who has now completed a three-match ban, and fit-again defender Steve Yates were both left out of the travelling party.
"It is disappointing that Bournemouth didn't play because they will be well rested, but we'll be ready to battle," added Jackson.