AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor believes only one team stands in the way of the Coasters’ Football League promotion charge … his own.
Fylde remain in the final National League play-off place despite suffering a home reverse against Leyton Orient at the weekend.
The defeat was Fylde’s first at Mill Farm since September and Challinor is keen to get back to it after a ‘missed opportunity’.
Challinor said: “Our biggest competition this season is ourselves. If we can perform well on a regular basis then we are more than a match for anyone at this level.
“However, I’m probably one of 20-odd managers in this league that shares the same view about their own team.
“Saturday was a missed opportunity, particularly with the other results going so well for us. I think we may need eight more wins to finish the season where we want to be – in the play-offs.
“Regardless of the weekend’s result I knew we would probably still be up there but we want to be there for the remainder of the season, not just now.
“Ideally we would like to get those wins as quickly as possible and try and plan our place in the play-offs, but I’d absolutely take that last place if it was offered now.
“We reached of first target of the season by getting ourselves save, now we will do everything we can to secure the next target.”
The Coasters are back in league action tomorrow evening against Guiseley and Challinor believes the trip to the side rock-bottom of the table will be far from a stroll in the park.
Challinor added: “We have to get back to winning straight away and hopefully we can do that tomorrow.
“I have a rubbish weekend when we don’t win, but focus immediately turns to the next game and that’s when it’s good to have a midweek match. That would have been the case whether we had won, drawn or lost.
“We face a different challenge at Guiseley, but it makes very little difference who or where you play in this league. Top, bottom, home, away, it’s all so unpredictable and anything can happen.”