Bury boss Kevin Blackwell is confident his side can go anywhere and win ahead of Saturday’s game at Crewe Alexandra.
The Shakers travel to Alexandra Stadium without a win in four games in all competitions but knowing three points could take them out of the League One drop zone.
Blackwell revealed he was looking forward to the meeting with Steve Davis’ side but urged his players to step up their game to ensure victory.
“I look forward to every game, I know we’re always in games,” he said.
“We’ve not been in a situation where we’ve been two, three, four goals down, we’ve always been in it.
“I believe we can go anywhere and compete with anybody and I think no different to Saturday, I’m really looking forward to the game.
“I know if we are a little bit more aggressive in certain areas, taking opportunities and keeping clean sheets, we’ll get a good result.”
Blackwell will be without several key players for the game and admitted the absence of many experienced faces has left him frustrated.
“It’s frustrating because we’ve had so many people injured,” Blackwell said. “It’s just the situation you find yourself in because if it can go wrong, it will go wrong.
“Someone’s just hit me up the backside on Bury New Road too so that just about sums it up. Sometimes life’s like that – that light at the end of the tunnel is another train.”
Blackwell is likely to be without loanees Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Zac Thompson with shin and hamstring injuries respectively.
Andy Bishop will be out of action for a month after suffering a foot injury but fellow striker David Healy could return after recovering from a calf injury.
On-loan Leicester forward Tom Hopper is available after being ineligible for the FA Cup second round replay against Southend United earlier this week.