MANAGER Peter Jackson today warned his squad there are no automatic choices in the Town first team.
Jackson was frustrated by a below-par performance in last night's 2-1 friendly victory at Mansfield in which Junior Mendes netted a stoppage-time winner against his former club.
And he's invited those on the fringe of the first team to stake their claims for selection in upcoming friendlies.
Town - without the injured Nathan Clarke (thigh strain) - made sloppy mistakes which could have cost them after Andy Booth's opening goal had been wiped out by Simon Brown.
"We won the game, but certain players did well and certain players didn't," said Jackson.
"It wasn't really a team display last night and we didn't play particularly well - being compact in the first half but unbalanced in the second. I was unhappy with the goal we conceded because one hook-on from the back turned our back three and there was definitely no offside, but this is why we have pre-season games so that we can work on the things we need to work on.
"All the players here have to realise, though, that competition for places in every department is very strong.
"No-one can afford to rest on their laurels because there are no automatic choices in our team.
"People should take note that they are going to have to play well to get in the team and to stay there."
With just two weeks to the big League kick-off against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, Jackson still picked some positives from a game in which Pawel Abbott missed a first-half penalty in front 141 Town supporters in a crowd of 1,562.
"I was pleased for Junior to come off the bench and score the winner," said Jackson, who played Tony Carss at left wing-back.
"Junior looked sharp and strong and he didn't get the best reception from the Mansfield fans, so it was good for him to score - especially after he's not had much of a look-in this pre-season.
"I was pleased with the other subs, too, like Taylor-Fletcher, Michael Collins and Danny Adams, and the fact that while we weren't at our best, we still managed to win against a Mansfield side who looked strong."
Jackson will use all his squad in the friendlies against Wakefield & Emley at Belle Vue on Monday (7.30) and AFC Emley at the Welfare Ground on Thursday (7.00), before next Saturday's trip to Rochdale (3.00).
"The only ongoing injury niggle we've got at the moment is to Nathan Clarke and I won't risk him in the midweek friendlies," added Jackson.
"I am already pencilling in his name for next Saturday's game over at Rochdale."
Town's final pre-season friendly is at Bradford Park Avenue a week on Monday, August 1 (7.30).