PAWEL ABBOTT believes Town will "dig deep" to get back to winning ways against Wrexham at the Galpharm Stadium tomorrow (3.00).
The leading scorer is likely to have company again up front after playing as a sole striker in the goalless draw at Colchester, and he's eager to add to his 13 goals for the season before his 23rd birthday next Thursday.
"We've had a few draws in the League recently, so three points tomorrow would be good," said the willing frontman.
"It's a home game and we all know the importance of making the most of those, but we also know it won't be easy against Wrexham.
"They have had a lot of problems off the pitch which have hit the headlines, but we can't think that's going to affect them when it comes to playing the game.
"We have to dig deep to make sure we come out on top, because we need to start putting as many points on the board as we can."
Abbott, who has scored in his last four Galpharm Stadium games, admitted it was hard leading the line on his own at Layer Road but felt the team did well.
"It was hard for me because there always seemed to be somebody on my back and, at first, I think I was losing the ball a bit too much," he explained.
"As the game went on, I got used to it more and started holding the ball better, but the main thing was how well we defended. I think the lads have been playing better than the `goals against' would suggest anyway, but they really deserved that clean sheet last week and I was delighted for all the lads at the back.
"I suppose it would have been the perfect away performance if I'd scored the chance I had in the second half. It was a brilliant long ball through from Clarkey and I usually just pass the ball into the corner of the net.
"I thought I could do the same with that one, but the keeper came out well to close the angle down and when I tried to lift it beyond him, he made a good save.
"That was unlucky for me and good work by him, but I've been working doubly hard on my finishing all week to make sure that the next one goes in!
"All I'm concerned about is getting a few goals to help the team, because if I score my share of chances we will be picking up the points we need.
"We need to string some wins together as quickly as possible. I know we did that from Christmas last year but it's no use looking at what happened last year and thinking it has some influence.
"It's up to us to make things happen now and three points against Wrexham would be great."
* Stockport yesterday confirmed the departure of manager Sammy McIlroy by mutual consent.
The 50-year-old Irishman had been at Edgeley Park for 13 months and guided them to an FA Cup win against Town a fortnight ago.
Town - Rachubka, Holdsworth, Lloyd, Edwards, Carss, Mirfin, Clarke, Yates, Brandon, Worthington, Schofield, Abbott, Booth, Mendes, Senior, McAliskey, Brown, Ahmed, McCombe, Fowler.
Wrexham - Baker, Pejic, Roberts, Morgan, Lawrence, Spender, Holt, Ferguson, Jones, Crowell, Llewellyn, Armstrong, Ugarte, Green, Sam, Evans, Mackin.
Referee - Grant Hegley (Herts).