Elgin City midfielder Rabin Omar says the Black and Whites must quickly address their inconsistency in order to challenge for League 2 promotion.
City have experienced an up-and-down campaign so far, with each of their last five victories followed by a defeat in a run which has left them a point adrift of the play-off places in fifth.
Elgin host Clyde today, as they aim to bounce back from last week’s 4-2 home loss against Berwick Rangers, and Holland-born Omar has called for his side to put an end to their frustrating sequence by stringing together a run of results before the turn of the year.
Omar said: “It has been win, loss, win, loss for 10 weeks now. Hopefully that continues and we get the win this weekend, but consistency is the most important thing.
“We need to try and turn some of those losses into wins and even draws to try and get more points on the board.
“A good run of wins puts you in contention for a play-off spot and pushing for the league.
“At the same time, a run of losses and draws and you can end up among the bottom teams.
“The timing is massive. Going into Christmas you want to push on – especially towards the end of the first half of the season.
“If you’re getting those wins you can go into the January transfer window and strengthen the team to push on even further.
“It’s massive for confidence to go into Christmas with wins under your belt.”
Omar insists he was hurt by last weekend’s loss to second-bottom Berwick, with the 21-year-old adding: “It was just not good enough from the whole team. We all acknowledged that after the game.
“We are probably one of the best footballing teams in the league, but in terms of getting results we’re just not doing it at the moment.
“For me personally it was one of those games where, afterwards, it was actually painful.
“But we can make it right this week and hopefully give the home fans something to cheer.”
Omar was sent off when City last played Clyde in a 4-1 loss at Broadwood in September, however the former Annan Athletic player is not fazed by the Bully Wee, adding: “On the day Clyde were better than us – it was as simple as that.
“My sending off killed off any hope the boys had, so I will hold my hands up.
“At the same time, we know from the first game we’ve got absolutely nothing to fear.
“They seemed to be on top of their game and it just wasn’t clicking for us. If we are on our game we can definitely turn the result around the other way.”