Southend United boss ready for last day 'long shot'
Southend United boss Paul Sturrock has conceded his side's prospects of securing League Two promotion on the final day of the season are slim.
The Shrimpers must better both Crawley and Torquay's weekend results when they host relegated Macclesfield.
Crawley travel to Accrington, while Torquay are at Hereford.
"We've got to understand this is a long, long shot. We're asking two teams not to win on Saturday," Sturrock told BBC Essex.
Both sides are a point ahead of Southend, but Sturrock's men have a superior goal difference, meaning a draw would secure the final automatic promotion spot if the Red Devils and the Gulls lose.
"Those two teams know there's a lot of emotion and money at stake," added the Scot.
"So there'll be an edge to their games as well. If it happens it happens - that's the way we've got to look at it."
Despite the ramifications of the promotion chase, Sturrock believes going up via the play-offs would be a more daunting prospect for the Roots Hall club.
"It's a big game. But the play-off semi-finals would be bigger and the final even bigger than that," he said.
"It's something the players should enjoy. Not many people when you look through their careers have won something.
"Whichever way we do it, I'd like to give them a wee taste of the end of a game and a long season coming to fruition."