DETERMINED Peter Jackson will use the next 48 hours to focus on his top priority against Port Vale - a clean sheet.
Jackson will sort out tactics and formation by Friday and give his senior squad Christmas Day off before Sunday's vital Galpharm clash with Port Vale (3.00).
Andy Booth - who has only an outside chance of being fit for the New Year's Day trip to Hull because of an ankle injury - and suspended midfielder Lee Fowler are the only players sidelined against Martin Foyle's men.
The rest will be put through their paces with specific tasks to fulfil against Vale, who are bidding to improve a miserable away record of two wins, one draw and 11 defeats.
"A clean sheet is the priority on Sunday and to tighten up generally, because if we do that and keep creating chances like we are we'll win matches," said Jackson, who served fans in the Sporting Pride shop in the town centre yesterday.
"We've kept only five clean sheets all season and that's not good enough for a team who can defend much better than that record suggests.
"Chasing games after giving away silly goals is not a habit we want to get used to, so we've got to be tight against Vale and then try and hit them on the attack with the same ferocity we showed back at Vale Park.
"Vale are just off the back of an excellent win against Oldham, so they'll be looking to keep that form going, and we need to get back on track in front of our home fans.
"They gave us excellent backing in the derby, sticking right behind the lads, and this time we want to give them a whole lot more to cheer."
Former Town player Sam Collins is out injured for Vale at the moment but Foyle could well have midfield kingpin Robin Hulbert back from an ankle injury.
Town could include Steve Yates for the first time in four matches, with Jackson aiming to continue a positive build-up to what he hopes will be a first League double of the season (Town won 3-0 at ValePark).
"The lads have worked very hard over the last two days and we'll now be getting down to the business end of preparations for the game," he said.
"I've already told the lads we will be off on Christmas Day and I've no doubt they will rest-up sensibly for a very busy period of matches ahead.
"It worked for us last year when we went on a tremendous winning run of six matches on the trot, and I trust the lads to look after themselves and to come in on Sunday raring to go.
"They know how important it is for us to do well in these matches and get ourselves back into the play-off zone, and with some tighter defending I'm sure we can turn these narrow defeats into wins."