MICHAEL COLLINS is desperate Town beat Cheltenham in his absence on Saturday.
The highly-rated midfielder (pictured) misses the crucial League I contest at the Galpharm through suspension.
He knows full well a solid win would make it harder for him to regain his place when Peter Jackson's team travel to Bournemouth seven days later, especially as the manager is eager to bring in possibly a couple of new faces by then.
But after the disappointment of Yeovil, he is eager for his colleagues to put points between themselves and the relegation zone.
Town are 16th, five places but only four points above Leyton Orient (Rotherham, Cheltenham and Brentford complete bottom four slots).
"We picked up over Christmas and had a great win over Swansea, but the last two results (3-0 at Doncaster and 3-1 at Yeovil) have simply not been good enough," said the 20-year-old.
"People might scoff, but we are still thinking in terms of the play-offs.
"But I have to be honest and say we are also looking over our shoulders a little bit. There's no denying we need points to pull away from the wrong end of the table and, with Cheltenham being below us, it's doubly important we beat them.
"Even though the squad is a bit depleted, we have the talent to do that."
Collins misses one match after totting up five bookings and admitted: "There's nothing worse than sitting in the stands and not having any influence on the game yourself.
"Obviously I want to get straight back and I know a solid display on Saturday would make it harder for me to do that. But believe me, I'm desperate to see the lads go out and get three points."