City boss Simpson would take nine draws from remaining nine Blue Square Premier Fixtures
It may have been tounge in cheek, but there was an edge of honesty in Gary Simpson's claim he would take nine draws from his remaining nine fixtures.
The Lincoln City boss is desparate to improve the Imps' precarious position in the table, starting with Saturday's trip to fellow strugglers Nuneaton.
And although wins would be accepted with open arms by Simpson, remaining unbeaten until the end of the season would, at least, keep the club in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
"I said when I arrived that I thought we needed a minimum of 48 points, but 50 would be nice," said Simpson. "That hasn't changed in my mind. With nine games left, I would take nine draws now. I would be quite happy with nine draws and nine points on the board.
"Some of your harder games are against other teams which are fighting for their lives. Sometimes the teams higher up like Wrexham, well, it wouldn't bother me to play Wrexham again. We have got enough to cause them a problem.
"Others, who are fighting for their lives like we are give you a different kind of game, but a harder game."
City are three points from the relegation places, one of which is occupied by Saturday's opponents. And while Simpson still harbours hopes of improving his squad, he believes his side has the strength of character to climb away from the relegation mire.
"When you talk about a player's quality, strength of character is a quality," he added. "People like that usually cost you money. If you have someone with character and someone else has them, they usually don't want to let them go.
"We have added one or two to the squad and I think they will give us a little bit more of that."