Bristol Rovers are in a great position to secure a spot in the League 2 promotion play-offs this season with Joey Barton’s side currently sitting sixth in the table.
However, several other teams also have ambitions of moving up a division via the Wembley showdown next month while many still believe that automatic promotion is within reach.
There are currently just three points separating Mansfield Town in fourth and Newport County in seventh with Rovers and Northampton Town sandwiched in between.
And the Cobblers boss has spoken publicly ahead of their fixture with Bradford City this weekend, putting their promotion rivals on notice for the run in.
“We could have a fantastic end to the season”
Northampton Town manager Jon Brady believes his side are also in a fantastic position not just to secure a play-off spot, but potentially more.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Brady outlined his intentions to win all of their remaining games.
He said: “We are in the mix with five games to go, we are giving it everything we’ve got and if we can just find that cutting edge we could have a fantastic end to the season,” he said.
“We’ve been in a promotion race all season and every game we approach as the next big game.
“Oldham are scrapping for their lives but we have to focus on us.
“We are expecting a battle but our approach is to go out and try and get the three points.
“Top three is still achievable, the only thing missing from our game is putting the ball in the back of the net and we are doing everything we can to try and rectify that.
“I’ve looked at Saturday’s game again and it’s obvious to anyone that the way we set out to press Bradford was brilliant. We created a lot of opportunities and I thought we were dominant pretty much throughout.
“Overall we played some really good football and there was lots to be pleased about we just couldn’t find that breakthrough goal.
“That is frustrating for everyone but if we can replicate that performance and continue to play at that tempo and energy we will win more games in the final run-in.
“We have to remain positive in what we do and I’m really pleased the players still have that belief in them. We’ve got five games left and our approach will be to try and win every game.”
Bristol Rovers remaining League 2 fixtures
Bristol Rovers have just five games remaining in their pursuit of the promotion play-offs.
The start of those matches tonight as they host Salford City at the Memorial Stadium.
Lee Bowyer’s side are just two points behind the Pirates, currently sitting eighth, and would leapfrog them with a win.
However, victory for the hosts will ensure they remain in the play-off spots for another weekend and could move up two places themselves depending on results elsewhere.
Rovers four final fixtures after the Salford clash are: Port Vale (A), Forest Green Rovers (H), Rochdale (A) and Scunthorpe (H).