Notts County manager John Sheridan is maintaining a balanced outlook ahead of Cambridge United's visit to Meadow Lane in Sky Bet League Two.
Sheridan has seen his team win once in their last seven league outings but, with Notts only two points away from the play-offs, he is keen to retain perspective.
"There is a long, long way to go in the season and a lot of points to play for," he said.
"I can promise the fans they they will be getting everything from me. I am not someone who will hide and I will not make excuses.
"I have not come here to be mid-table in League Two.
"I expect a reaction from Saturday's game because it was not good enough and the players have been told that."
The Notts chief is confident his charges can turn their form around quickly with games coming thick and fast in the lead-up to Christmas.
He said: "We are a team who can go on a six-game unbeaten run and win four or five of those games. We have shown that already this season.
"I would like us to play with a bit of endeavour and get on the front foot because we're the home side. When we have played well at home the crowd have got right behind us.
"We have to get the fans back on side but the only way we are going to do that is by winning football matches."
Sheridan will be boosted by the return of Matt Tootle and Jonathan Forte after the pair recovered from illnesses which kept them out of Saturday's game against Newport County.
Captain Michael O'Connor is also expected to be fit following a toe injury.
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