Mick McCarthy has told the Wolverhampton Wanderers fans to expect another nervy evening at Molineux tonight against relegation-threatened Scunthorpe United.
The Wolves boss said his side were quite rightly favourites to pick up another three points against the Iron and move to within a point of the play-offs but he warned the supporters not to expect an easy ride against second-from-bottom Scunthorpe.
The weight of expectation on home soil has been difficult to bear for Wolves at times this season and the supporters were left frustrated after an equaliser deep into injury time earned ten-man Southampton a point when Wanderers last played on home soil.
There could be more frustration tonight but McCarthy is urging everyone to stick together as the evening unfolds.
"You have seen how close this league is, how strange it can be and how uncertain it all is," McCarthy said.
"Having said that, I do regard this as a good opportunity. It is a game everyone will expect us to win, except Scunthorpe of course who will come here and be resolute and try to avoid defeat.
"I just hope that everyone doesn't turn up and think it will be a piece of cake, it never is. It may be one of those scrappy, horrible games.
"We have picked up ten points from a possible 15 from our last five games and if we carried that on throughout a season we would get promoted. The way it has gone for us we could win the next nine games and still be in 11th place because we haven't moved for ages. That is how bizarre the league has been.
"I don't go looking for stats but when I hear them they surprise me. For example, Watford haven't won as many games at home as Sheffield Wednesday, and they haven't scored as many goals at home as Colchester United. How barmy is that? It is crazy, this league."
McCarthy will send out his patched-up side with one instruction to win.
A star-studded performance is not a priority for McCarthy, only points, as games run out towards the end of a rollercoaster campaign for Wolves.
"Teams will come and try and make it difficult for us and when we haven't got off to a good start then it has been difficult," he said. "Let's accept that we are not going to be 3-0 after 15 minutes, and everything is going to be rosy. It isn't going to happen.
"This isn't going to be a football fest with goals all over the place because they are scrapping for their lives. Let's understand that. We could win it in the 94th minute for all I care, I just want to win the game. Yes, I would love to play free-flowing football and entertain everyone but winning is what it is all about."
No matter what happens tonight, McCarthy said no one cares more about the fortunes of Wolves than the players and he rejected any suggestion that his squad are not as eager for success as the supporters.
"Nobody cares about the 90 minutes more than the 11 players on the pitch, not the chairman, not the chief executive, not the fans and not the press," he said.
"Nobody could tell me when I played that anyone cared more than me. It is their pride, their careers, their ambitions that are played out every Saturday and every Tuesday. They will be turning up with a great desire to win the game. They all want to play in the Premier League, win promotion and win games.
"We have played well in four out of the last five games. We will need to repeat that at least to get into the play-offs."
McCarthy has several injury concerns. Jody Craddock (hamstring), Stephen Elliott (ankle), Gary Breen (illness), Darren Potter (groin), Freddy Eastwood (back) and Rob Edwards (ankle) are all on the treatment table, although Elliott could be fit. n Wolves' youthful reserve side was within 15 minutes of earning a well-deserved point in yesterday's Pontin's Holiday League fixture, only to lose 1-0 at Port Vale.
Luke Prosser struck to head home the match-winner for Vale following Joe Cardle's free-kick.
It was hard luck on the visitors of whom only goalkeeper Carl Ikeme had played in a senior Molineux side.
Ashley Hemmings hit the post early on for Wolves, while Kyle Bennett fired a second-half free-kick just wide.