Peterhead defender Jason Brown is determined to break new ground with the Blue Toon at Montrose today.
The Balmoor men visit Links Park seeking consecutive clean sheets for what would be the first time in League 1 this season.
A lack of consistency has been one of the stories of the Buchan outfit’s campaign and this has been reflected in the low number of shutouts Jim McInally’s men have managed this term.
After back-to-back clean sheets in the Betfred Cup group stage, against Caley Thistle and Dundee in July, Peterhead have been unable to record successive shutouts on league business.
Brown returned to the starting line-up for last Saturday’s 1-0 win at home to Dumbarton.
He believes a similarly solid defensive showing can pave the way to victory against the Gable Endies this afternoon.
The last time Peterhead visited Links Park was in September when they lost 4-3 and Brown doesn’t want a repeat.
The 23-year-old said: “It was good to get back into the team against Dumbarton and I felt we defended really well and got a good clean sheet.
“Whatever team the manager picks today we’ll be looking to continue with another good defensive performance.
“I’d be happy to leave Links Park with a clean sheet because that’s what we try to build our team around.
“Everyone knows that if you can keep a clean sheet then you have a good chance of winning.
“That’s what we’ll look to do today and see what we can do further forward.”
Brown is keen for Peterhead to build some momentum following’s last weekend’s success.
The Blue Toon sit eighth in the table – six points clear of Forfar Athletic in the relegation play-off place.
The Loons visit Balmoor next weekend and the Buchan side tackle East Fife, Airdrieonians and Stranraer before the end of the month.
Brown knows the importance of Peterhead’s February fixtures.
He added: “We need to use last week’s result and performance to build some momentum.
“We’ve been playing really well in plenty of games of late, but we haven’t been getting the results we’ve needed.
“So we need to start getting results and if we can build on last week’s win that’s a good thing.
“We’ve been saying it that we’ve been playing well – but football is all about results.
“We need to start getting results even if it’s winning ugly.
“But we know we’ve got a good side and we’ve been playing well and if we keep sticking at it then the results will come.
“Starting with Dumbarton last week we spoke about how the next few games were so important because we’re playing the teams around us.
“We started well against Dumbarton and hopefully we can put in another good performance and get a positive result.”
Brown is also keen to take on more responsibility between now and the end of the season.
With Mick Dunlop joining junior side Hurlford United on-loan during the transfer window Brown – who is in his third season with the Blue Toon – wants to show his maturity in defence.
Brown has inherited Dunlop’s number, switching from two to five last week.
Brown said: “I was sad to see Mick go because he’s helped me a lot over the last couple of years.
“I’ve actually taken over his number now as well so I was having a bit of a laugh with him during the week about how number five wasn’t looking as good on me.
“With Mick away I’m happy to take on extra responsibility and do my bit.”
Peterhead are without striker Ben Armour due to injury and midfielder Simon Ferry is still suspended, but defender David Ferguson is back .