Peterhead’s David McCracken insists they are determined to prove they are the best side in League Two – starting tonight by beating Clyde.
The Blue Toon can move above table-toppers Montrose on goal difference if they can bag a win against the Bully Wee at Balmoor tonight.
The Gable Endies have led League Two for much of this term and have been attracting plenty of plaudits.
But Peterhead have always been in touch and had games in hand.
McCracken revealed the Buchan team want to prove they are the best side in the division by winning the title – and he wants to start their run-in with three points tonight.
The defender said: “You can only show you are the best team by getting results and being there (top).
“That’s ultimately what we are going to be trying to do (to win the league).
“All the way through it we’ve just been thinking about ourselves.
“We’ve been trying to concentrate on our own games and whatever happens elsewhere we’ve got to deal with that and we’ll continue that.
“Montrose slipped up at the weekend but we go into this game just thinking about ourselves and we’ll continue that on each Saturday as well.”
McCracken also praised the character within the Peterhead squad. Recent draws at home to Berwick and away to Annan looked like they may have handed the title initiative to Montrose.
But the Blue Toon’s 2-0 win on Saturday at Cowdenbeath and the Angus side’s 2-2 draw at Berwick have put Jim McInally team’s destiny in their own hands.
McCracken knew his team would never give up and believes that is because of the character within the Balmoor dressing room.
The 36-year-old added: “It is a strong squad, we’ve got a good mixture in it.
“There are experienced pros and a few younger ones as well so it’s important that we help them out.
“It’s a good mixture, there are boys in there who have been through different experiences and the ultimate aim is to get promotion.
“We have shown character and we’ve known when things have gone against us that there was still a lot of football to be played.
“And there is still a lot of football to be played now.
“There are a lot of points to be won so we have to just keep cracking on.
“We take confidence from our result on Saturday and take it into tonight’s game.”
Prior to Saturday’s loss to Stirling Albion, seventh-placed Clyde had won five games in a row and McCracken isn’t taking them lightly.
He said: “Clyde have been in good form and the last game we had against them (1-0 loss on January 27) was pretty tough and they got the points.
“We know it won’t be easy for us and we’ll need to be on our game.”