ROTHERHAM United manager Andy Scott is looking for the sort of return from their three holiday matches that will keep them in touch with the front runners.
Scott feels it is imperative they are in touch with the leading pack when the last of the three holiday games is completed a week on Monday.
Rotherham go into their Boxing Day clash at Macclesfield in ninth place, two points off the play-offs.
“We’ve got 33 points at the moment and I want to see us with 39 points after the next two games which is a challenge,” said Scott.
“Then we’ve got Bradford City at home on January 2 and it is important we get a points return over this holiday period which has us in there with the leaders because we then have a little mini-break because we’ve no game on January 7.
“Others will be playing on the saturday’s we’re not and if we can accumulate points before then, it means we won’t lose too much ground.”
But Scott acknowledged that the away games at Macclesfield and Cheltenham are tricky ones.
“Both are doing well, better than expected and we have two difficult games,” he said.
“Slowly, but surely, we have been catching up following the poor run we had and it’s just one defeat in the last eight league games so we are finding some consistency again.”
They are still awaiting their first clean sheet away from home this season, a run that goes back to last March and the 6-0 win at Lincoln City.
“We kept a clean sheet last week against Wimbledon and that will help with confidence because the more clean sheets you have, the more confident you become.”
Scott looks set to name an unchangted side.