Terry McPhillips insists his Blackpool players must maintain high standards if they are to break into the Sky Bet League One top six this season.
A strong start to the campaign has the team sitting a point outside of the play-off positions after 20 games, with those in the dressing room firmly believing that a consistent challenge is achievable.
Victory against Charlton Athletic last weekend has only enhanced that view, though the manager has stressed the importance of being at the same performance level in every match.
“You’ve just got to be on the money every game now, whoever you’re playing,” he said. “You’ve got to be on the front foot and you can’t let your standards drop. You’ve got to be on it, and that’s the job, making sure we’re on it in every game. We’ve got some big games coming up now.
“It’s good that the lads put demands on themselves. We want to do well and get as high as we can so if that means the play-offs, then brilliant. We’re capable, but we’ve got to do it week in, week out.”
The challenge that lies in wait this weekend is a trip to much-improved Oxford United, who recorded a 4-2 victory at home to Rochdale when last at the Kassam Stadium.
“They didn’t have a great start, but they’ve picked up and got a 2-2 draw at Peterborough last weekend. I’ve been watching clips of that and they’ve got a threat going forward. It will be a tough game and we’ll need to go down there and put a performance on,” the manager admitted.
One player The Seasiders will hope to welcome back for the fixture is Jay Spearing, while Curtis Tilt faces a late fitness check on a hip problem.