Elgin City manager Gavin Price hopes the Black and Whites can turn their end of season slide on its head with a League 2 victory away to Cowdenbeath today.
City have suffered five straight losses going into to the trip to Central Park, in a run of form which has coincided with them falling out of the running for the promotion play-offs and dropping to seventh.
Elgin are five points clear of today’s opponents but with fifth placed Stirling Albion still within reach, Price is determined to start moving up the table again.
Price said: “We have played fine in the last couple of games against Annan Athletic and Stirling Albion and probably not got what we deserved out of the two of them, particularly Saturday.
“As hard as it is on the run we are on, I have been trying to emphasise to the players we need to see out the season the best we can and keep working as we did on Saturday.
“I’m sure we will get results. We still want to try and finish as high up the league as we can.
“It’s important to finish the season well. It’s difficult as there’s no threat of relegation but no chance of promotion.
“I don’t think we had that feeling in the last two games though. We certainly had the effort on the field but things didn’t go for us.
“It’s a big difference from the Albion Rovers game where I really did think we were well below par.”
Price remains in talks with a number of players over new contracts for next season, including Stephen Bronsky, Scott Roberts and Jordan Lowdon.
The Elgin boss hopes to move closer to shaping his squad for next term in the coming weeks, and he added: “We’ve got to finish the season as best we can – it’s important for planning for next season, getting a bit more confidence in the group.
“Players are playing for their place in the team as well as contracts. There’s plenty to play for.
“We have spoken to everyone again this week so we’re just waiting. There’s nothing concrete yet, it’s ongoing.”
Elgin will be without defender Matthew Cooper through a hamstring injury, while midfielder Rabin Omar is suspended.