PROUD manager Peter Jackson today highlighted the progress made by Town and called on everyone to play their part in pushing on to the next stage.
Jackson describes tomorrow's clash with Bournemouth at the Galpharm (3.00) as "massive" in helping kick-start a run back towards the play-off places for his injury-hit side.
He believes raucous and positive backing from the fans is essential for his depleted squad - which includes Lee Fowler for the suspended Chris Brandon and 17-year-old defender Tom Clarke, who seems guaranteed a place on the bench at least.
Supporters will almost cetainly stretch their vocal chords even before kick-off as referee Michael Jones is the man who harshly sent-off Jon Worthington at Accrington last season, but Jackson hopes for a positive atmosphere to encourage his young charges, despite a run of only two wins from 15.
"Bournemouth are one of the better sides in the division and we know it's going to be tough, but with everyone pulling together and playing their part, I know we can win," said Jackson today.
"We need a couple of wins sooner rather than later to kick-start our challenge again, and we certainly can't afford another 45 minutes to wake up like last week.
"The lads have worked hard all week and are determined to make sure that doesn't happen again - but they need all the support they can get tomorrow.
"I'm sure there will be times when things are getting frustrating and, if that's the case, we need the fans to turn up the volume and give it everything they've got to get behind the lads."
Eager Jackson appreciates this upcoming spell is crucial to Town if they are to improve quickly enough on 14th place and resurrect their top-six chances - the next step in building for further success.
"The progress we've made in 18 months is phenomenal and we want to keep it going," he said. "Who would have thought when only eight turned up for my first pre-season training session here that 18 months later we'd have won promotion, sold a player for over £1m and established ourselves at the higher level with a lot of home-grown youngsters - the best crop the club have had in years?
"Those positives continue off the field as well with season-ticket sales up, commercial activity up and sponsorship packages selling like hot cakes.
"We would like to be further up the table, of course we would, but we are still in a respectable position, we are still in with a chance of making a challenge and we know that when we play well, we can beat anyone at this level.
"Myself and the lads have taken some stick of late, which is part and parcel of the game when you've had some poor results, but I'm very proud of them, I'm very proud of the progress we've made in 18 months and - with full backing from the fans - I'm confident we will be a Championship side by the club's centenary in 2008"
Town - (from): Rachubka, Brown, E Sodje, Yates, T Clarke, Schofield, Worthington, Fowler, Beckett, Abbott, Booth, McAliskey, A Sodje, Ahmed, Edwards, Lloyd, Carss, Mendes, Senior.
Bournemouth - Moss, Young, Cummings, Maher, Broadhurst, Elliott, Browning, Spicer, O'Connor, Hayter, Fletcher. Subs from: Rodrigues, Howe, Holmes, Purches, Stewart (Gkp), Connell.
Referee - Michael Jones (Cheshire).