Port Vale manager Rob Page heaped praise on his players this week, who he said make him “proud to be their manager”.
Last Sunday’s well-earned 1-1 draw with Coventry City at Vale Park saw the Valiants go 11 games unbeaten at home in League One.
The impressive run has taken Vale to ninth in the league table, just three points outside the playoff places.
Page said: “We’ve always said we want this to be a difficult place to come to and we’ve certainly achieved that.
“There’s not many that come here and have it easy, put it that way.
“The lads have put themselves in a fantastic position going into the last two and a half months of the season.
“They’ve given themselves a fighting chance with regards to the playoffs, they’ve stayed focused and that’s what I’m proud of.”
And Page is hoping to extend his team’s hot streak this weekend, when they host 21st-placed Fleetwood Town.
Fleetwood have struggled lately, their last win coming against Bury on January 2.
On Saturday’s game, Page said: “There’s no easy games in this division, everybody is scrapping for points for different reasons, and they’re going to be no different.
“I watched them against Barnsley last week and they were unfortunate to lose that game.
“We’ll be mindful of the threats they can cause.
“But on our day, as we proved against a very good outfit in Coventry City, we’re a threat for anybody.
“There’s so many positives about the place at the minute, I don’t want any room for negativity.
“The players and the fans, let’s get behind each other and work to get the three points on Saturday.”
Michael O’Connor and Louis Dodds are both set to be available on Saturday after thigh and heel injuries respectively.
But 20-year-old defender Ryan Inniss will be out for at least two weeks after suffering a hamstring injury.