Central defender Miles Addison insists Peterborough United should relish their run of big January games.
Posh face four of their League One promotion rivals next month, starting with a trip to in-form Sheffield United tomorrow (January 2).
If Posh lose they will drop out of the play-off places so the motivation to blunt ‘The Blades’ is obvious.
“Sheffield United away is a great fixture to start a new year,” Addison stated.
“Bramall Lane is a superb stadium that belongs in the Premier League.
“Their fans are passionate and support the team in great numbers, but we should relish the occasion because we are a good team with good players.
“Our skilful players should want the ball and show a big crowd how good they are.
“And we will want to put on a good show for our own travelling supporters.
“They were brilliant at Walsall. I’ve played for clubs when you don’t hear their away support, but the Peterborough fans were different class.
“They certainly made a difference and if they give us the same vibe at Sheffield United, they will certainly improve our chances.
“We have every reason to be optimistic and positive about 2016.
“In our last game of 2015 we more than matched the League One leaders on their own pitch.
“If that’s the standard then we have a chance and it’s important that we still aim for a top two finish.
“And the dressing room believes we can do it.
“We have some big games coming up, but we have players who will enjoy, and perform well, on the big occasion.”
Addison (26) has a big personal motivation to stay in the Posh side and play well.
He’s currently operating on a monthly contract thanks to some lengthy injury issues, but he could get the run of matches he craves as Michael Bostwick is set to miss most of January.
Addison added: “I don’t know what the future holds, but I will always be grateful to the manager and Grant McCann for giving me the chance to become a professional footballer again.
“I’m probably 10-20 per cent short of match fitness, and that will come by playing matches. I train hard every day, but that will only get me so far. I need match sharpness.”