YORK City boss Russ Wilcox admits the visit of Hartlepool United is a “huge” six-pointer in the relegation battle - with 2,000 fans supporting Pools in the away end.
Wilcox has urged his supporters to make themselves heard at Bootham Crescent on Saturday for the Sky Bet League Two fixture.
The all-ticket match will see Ronnie Moore’s third-bottom Pools look to bridge the five-point gap to the Minstermen, who are 19th, and boost their survival hopes in the process.
Wilcox said: “Hartlepool are bringing 2,000 fans on Saturday and we have got to make sure we are more vocal than they are.
“We are at home. It is our game and we have got to make sure we are more noisy and more up for it than Hartlepool.
“This is the most important one.
“It’s the next one and everyone knows how the table is shaping up.
“Hartlepool are among that little group at the bottom end. Results over the Easter period have gone well but nothing has been achieved.
“That’s the message I will be sending out to the players.
“We have to keep this run going right until the end of the season and focus on one game at a time.
“Hartlepool is the next one. It’s huge. It’s a six-pointer and everyone in the city has got to play their part.”