Marlon Fossey and Declan John are ready to go head-to-head for the rest of the season to help Wanderers stay in the hunt at the top end of League One.
The wing-back pair have played a big part in the Whites’ revival that has seen Ian Evatt’s men win nine of their last 12 games to get into play-off contention.
Evatt’s change of formation helped spark the winning run which the Whites will be looking to continue at home to Morecambe tonight (Tuesday).
And Fossey and John aim to keep comparing statistics during the run-in to see who comes out on top.
“We actually talked about setting up a little competition,” said Fossey.
“But if I’m in on goal and see Dec I’ll still pass to him!
“Competition is fun and me and Dec are thriving in this system and long may it continue.
“There was a goal contribution for each of us at the weekend and onto the next.”
Fossey claimed assists for the goals scored by Aaron Morley and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, while John popped to net the second himself in Saturday’s impressive 3-0 win at Gillingham.
That was John’s third goal in 10 games, while Fossey’s first Wanderers’ goal saw them both on the scoresheet in a 3-2 win at Oxford United last month.
And Fossey hopes to add to that tally now he’s popping up regularly in and around the penalty area as one of Wanderers’ extra attacking options.
“I used to do that – in my striker days at Fulham!” added the on-loan Cottagers’ man.
“Since I’ve been a right-back it’s been an area of the pitch where I haven’t been near.
“Being at Bolton I’ve been in that shooting area a lot more. Sometimes I’m snatching at it and rushing but I think the more I get in those positions the more I’ll be composed and slot a few away and hopefully do a back flip as well!”
Wanderers’ fans would love to see the 23-year-old reprise his goal celebration against Morecambe as the Whites go for seven home wins in a row.
Fossey is revelling in the play-off push and is eyeing another winning performance to keep the momentum going.
“I’m enjoying playing in a competitive and high-quality team,” he said.
“I believe in this team a lot and I back our quality against pretty much any team in this league.
“We have 10 games left and all are winnable. If we play our brand of football we will have at least a chance in every one of those games and hopefully we win most of them.
“Unfortunately it’s not in our hands, but all we can do is take care of our business and see where that takes us.
“Morecambe is our next mission and hopefully we can get the three points.”
To watch Marlon’s take on life at Wanderers and his pre-match interview click HERE