Jim Harvey is preparing for a physical battle when FC Halifax Town kick off the new year at home to Lincoln on Saturday (3.0).
Town beat Lincoln 1-0 on Boxing Day before winning 2-0 against Wrexham on Monday, stretching Harvey’s unbeaten run as manager to seven games.
The Imps, meanwhile, are without a win in seven games and lost their local derby against Grimsby last time out.
They go into the game without defender Luke Waterfall, who is suspended after being sent-off in that defeat.
Harvey knows what to expect against Lincoln, and believes his side can take confidence from their win at Sincil Bank last weekend.
“We know exactly what Lincoln are,” he said, “it’s going to be direct, physical, a lot of balls in the air and we’ll have to contend with that.
“We came up against it last week and we did really well, and we’ll have to be really good again because they’re a strong, powerful side.
“You never get two games the same but I think Lincoln gave us as good as they could give and we can have confidence that we’ve dealt with that and come out on top.
“Now we’re at home, that should be in our favour.
“But we go into the game with more confidence than we had a few weeks back.”
Halifax have won five of their seven matches under Harvey, conceding just five goals, and the Northern Irishman admits his tenure so far has surpassed his expectations.
He said: “The results have been excellent and I wasn’t anticipating that.
“We were in a dark place, the team was pretty poor, the results were awful so to get the results we’ve got, I’d be telling you lies if I said I thought it would go that well.
“But I know I’m good at my job, I get teams to play well.
“I wouldn’t have expected it to be this quickly but I’ve got a good response.
“So far, so good.”
Lincoln are ninth in the table, five points off a play-off place, but have kept only one clean sheet in their last 12 matches and one clean sheet in their last 10 away games.
If Halifax win, it will be the first time they’ll have recorded three consecutive victories in the league since February.
Town achieved back-to-back clean sheets for the first time since February with their wins over Lincoln and Wrexham, and will have kept three clean sheets in a row for the first time in the league since September 2014.
If Halifax win, they could climb out of the relegation zone if other results go their way.