Winger Matty Blair believes Fleetwood Town are putting down a marker on League Two with their impressive September form.
Victory over Exeter City at Highbury on Saturday would make it five wins from five for the month.
And Blair, who arrived from York City in the summer, believes the club’s recent run shows that Graham Alexander’s men are a force to be reckoned with.
“It’s been a good month,” said Blair, who made his own contribution to the four wins with a late goal against Torquay United. We’ve got one more big game coming up. If we can win it, that would make it the best month we could possibly have had.
“I think it puts a statement down in this league that we’re here, we’re serious and we’re going to be up there competing.
“Being in around and part of a winning team is fantastic.
“Obviously I’d like to be playing more minutes but we’re winning and that’s what counts.”
“I’m just glad to have got a runaround, to have been able to kick a ball.
Blair was in action on Tuesday as one of the senior players in a Town side which lost to Oldham in the Lancashire Senior Cup.
Town lost 3-0 to Oldham Athletic but Blair believes the chance to play 90 minutes was more important than the result. Chris Lucketti took charge of the team, which lost 3-0, and Blair said: “These games are important for the lads who haven’t been playing much, more for fitness than anything else.
“You keep your wits about you, you keep your sharpness and your edge when you are playing regularly, and you need that if you’re ever going to come on.
“I’ve just tried my best and I’ve worked hard.
“I’ve got some fitness out of it and that’s the biggest thing.”
Chances outside of Football League matchdays are limited at Highbury with the club choosing not to run a reserve team.
And Blair insists there’s a big difference between staying in shape on the training ground and being ready for a full game.
He said: “There are two different types of fitness. There’s being in shape and there’s being match fit.
There’s nothing that prepares you for 90 minutes of football. You can be as fit as you want on the training pitch, running or doing strides after a game.But that’s not the same. You don’t get that match fitness without playing games.
“A chance for 90 minutes can only benefit myself and the other lads involved in Tuesday.”