Doncaster Rovers have to win at Bury tomorrow to give themselves any realistic hope of now avoiding relegation to League Two, boss Darren Ferguson admits.
After results elsewhere conspired against them on Tuesday night, Rovers travel to Gigg Lane seven points adrift of safety with just six games remaining.
And Ferguson says his side have no margin for error this weekend if they are to pull off a late escape act.
“We need to win the game, there’s no shying away from the fact it’s a must-win game,” Ferguson told The Star.
“We’ve got to try and narrow the gap as quickly as we possibly can to make sure we keep the belief amongst everyone.
“And I’m confident we can win the game on Saturday, and that’s all I’m looking at.
“If we get a performance like we did at Rochdale, and for parts of the game against Blackpool, I’m confident we can get that win.”
He added: “Eighteen points to play for is still quite a large amount for all of the teams involved.
“We’re obviously playing catch-up.
“We’re really focusing on each individual game as it comes and I think that’s right. The important thing is to win the next one and that’s all we can concentrate on, and not look too much further ahead of that and not look at any other results.
“We’ve just got to focus on winning on Saturday and taking it from there.”
Mitchell Lund and Riccardo Calder have recovered from knocks they took at Rochdale and Gary MacKenzie has returned to training.
However, in the absence of suspended defender Craig Alcock, Luke McCullough seems most likely to revert to centre back with Harry Middleton returning in midfield.