Tommy Wright knows Corby Town are there to be shot down after they aim to keep up their chase for honours in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
The Steelmen head into the new year level on points with leaders Poole Town after battling back to claim a superb 4-2 victory at another of the promotion contenders St Neots Town on Boxing Day.
Wright’s men are now preparing to take on Histon at Steel Park on New Year’s Day (1pm) before heading to Hitchin Town on Saturday.
And, having put themselves right in contention for promotion, Wright is well aware that the games and months are only going to get bigger for his players.
“We keep telling the lads to concentrate on themselves,” he said.
“We have had a tricky festive period and we have come out of it in a good way.
“January is going to be a big month but they will all get bigger. We have put ourselves in a position now where everyone is going to want to beat us.
“We have played 25 games and got 50 points, with two points a game you are not going to be too far away with that kind of ratio.
“We are at the top end of the league and people want to cause shocks. Our boys have to keep on top of it now and do it week in, week out.”
The Steelmen and St Neots battled it out in tough conditions on Boxing Day but Wright insists the elements and surfaces will never be used as an excuse for his team.
“This is the time of year when boys become men and it’s about who wants it the most,” the Corby manager added.
“It was freezing cold, it was raining but that’s what it will be like for the next couple of months.
“I am never ever going to use the weather or pitches as excuses for losing games of football.”