AFC Wimbledon will not be sucked into underestimating Crawley on Saturday.
Fresh from huge psychological wins on the road at fellow promotion chasers Wycombe and Plymouth, the Wombles could be excused for thinking Crawley, a team on the face of it with little to play for, will, mentally at least, have already packed their suitcase ahead of holiday season.
According to Oldham loanee Rhys Murphy however, that is the sort of dangerous thinking that could bite Neal Ardley’s team on the bum just as they have made it back into the coveted final play-off spot.
“I think you can be lulled into a false sense of security thinking like that. You have to respect every team whether they are going for promotion, fighting for their lives or seemingly playing for nothing.
“Pride comes into it and as soon as that whistle goes you are not thinking about it is the summer in a few weeks, you are wanting to win the game and put in a good performance.
“Every game is massive for us now and we have to treat every one of them as big as the last.”
Sussex-born Murphy enjoyed a productive loan spell with the Red Devils earlier in the campaign, netting nine times in 15 games.
The 25-year-old has been less prolific since arriving in south-west London, scoring just once in five appearances to date, but he’s hopeful of beefing up that total against his old mates on Saturday.
He added: “It will be good to see some familiar faces, but once the whistle goes it is business as usual and I’ll be looking to make sure we win that game and hopefully get some goals in the process.”