Chorley FC manager Garry Flitcroft believes the fate of the Evo-Stik First Division North title may be decided on the road.
The top four teams in the league – including Chorley – have all lost more games at home than away.
Six of Chorley’s remaining nine games are away from Victory Park, and Flitcroft believes that could be a good thing.
He said: “If you look at the table, you’ll see that the top four or five have lost more games at home than away.
“I think teams tend to set their stall out when they come to Victory Park.
“We played Trafford on Tuesday, and they set themselves up as a 4-5-1.
“They set their stall out and we had to break them down.
“They had nine men behind the ball. If you score early, they’ve got to come out.”
Chorley’s 1-0 defeat against Trafford dealt their hopes of outright promotion a huge blow.
The Magpies put in an improved performance on Saturday to beat Cammell Laird 3-0, with Flitcroft’s No 2 Matt Jansen scoring a goal to cap another excellent performance.
“Matt was fantastic,” he said. “You have to play him right. He’s a quality player. Matt has had problems with injury, but you have to manage him right.”
The only downside of Saturday’s win was an injury to in-form striker John Cunliffe.
“We think he suffered some ankle ligament damage and could be out for a few weeks,” said the manager.
Flitcroft took his players and club officials out on Saturday for an Indian meal and a few drinks in Bolton.
He said: “A couple of lads were talking about the play-offs, but I said they shouldn’t give up on automatic promotion.
“Chester have done great this season, but the 2-1 defeat at Lancaster City show they can be beaten.
“They are desperate to get promotion and they’ve spent a lot of money.
“But let’s see how it goes with five or six games to go.”
Flitcroft says he’s delighted to have Steve Foster in his ranks after the striker scored again on Saturday.
“I tried to get him two months earlier and put seven days’ notice on him,” he said.
“He decided to stay with Salford City, but if you look at the last four or five seasons, you can see how prolific he’s been.”