Kevin Blackwell has insisted Bury’s shaky start to the season means nothing if they can finish in a healthy position ahead of Saturday’s visit of Portsmouth.
The Shakers host the manager-less south coast club knowing a win could take them to within one point of safety – after Michael Appleton’s move to Blackpool.
Blackwell has overseen a turnaround in Bury’s form with his side unbeaten in the last four games however the ex-Leeds boss has urged his players to keep their feet on the ground.
“I’m a manager and when I see something, I want more. I want to win every game,” he told BBC Radio Manchester.
“We’re getting better, but football has a habit of kicking you in the teeth. It’s my job to make sure the players don’t think it’s easy now. It’s not.
“It’s all about just dealing with the next game. It doesn’t matter where we are right now – it matters how you finish, not how you start.
“The table doesn’t matter until after Christmas. I hope to look at the table then and see us in a position where we won’t be looking over our shoulders all the time.”
Blackwell will have two new players available to him for the fixture with Tom Soares and Ethan Ebanks-Landell joining the club.
Soares was released by Stoke City at the end of last season and the midfielder has signed on non-contract terms having been on trial since Blackwell’s arrival in September.
Defender Ebanks-Landell joins on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers until January and links up with fellow Wolves loanee Matt Doherty.
Efe Sodje serves the final game of his two-match suspension but otherwise, Blackwell has no fresh injury concerns as he looks to continue Bury’s resurge.