David Dunn has told his players they need to be competitive but composed when they travel to The Mazuma Stadium for the big derby clash with Morecambe tonight (6.30pm kick-off).
The Barrow boss has insisted that he and the squad know what victory over The Shrimps would mean to fans and there is a real excitement in the camp ahead of the encounter.
Dunn took advantage of a blank weekend in the Bluebirds’ schedule to go and check first-hand on Morecambe on Saturday as they overcame Solihull Moors in the FA Cup.
And he saw enough from that extra-time win to confirm that his side will have to be at their best if they want to earn the bragging rights this evening.
“It’s a local derby so it’s a big game to both teams and we know what it means to the supporters,” Dunn told us.
“They’ve got a way of playing and they play with decent energy so it will be a battle and we have to compete like you do in every derby but it’s one we’re all looking forward to.
“Our recent performances have been good, so we have to start turning those performances in to consistent positive results now.
“There can be pressure on players in local derbies, but the best players come to the party when the pressure is on and they want to perform to show people how good they are.
“Obviously, it would be wonderful to have the fans back and have a fantastic following at Morecambe, but we have to just go about our business the way we do to try and make them proud.
“That means we compete, be patient when we need to be and be good with the ball; there will be ups and downs like in any game but we’re going to have to stay composed and hopefully that sees us through.”