On the anniversary of his first year in charge of Aldershot Town, Gary Waddock is praying for a present that would be beyond his wildest dreams.
The Shots boss would probably trade in every gift he’s ever received for one really really big one on Saturday afternoon.
He knows his team have it all to do at Prenton Park. They go to Tranmere Rovers for the second leg of their playoff semi-final knowing they need a miracle.
Trailing 3-0 thanks to a masterclass from Rovers in Hampshire on Wednesday, few would back against Micky Mellon’s team getting the job done on Saturday lunchtime without too many difficulties at all.
Waddock knows the score. He was frustrated with how his team performed by refuses to throw in the towel as he boarded the coach to Birkenhead.
“If we get an early goal then you just don’t know,” said Waddock, who has already won the Conference with the club.
“It’s football and anything can happen. We’re not giving up. We just need to go to Tranmere and give it everything we’ve got.
“They are in a very strong position but if we can get ourselves in front we give ourselves a chance.”
Micky Mellon is wise enough to know his side still have a job to do at Prenton Park.
“We’ve still got work to do but we’re all looking forward to getting it going again,” said the Scotsman.
“We know it will be a great atmosphere because it’s a brilliant occasion so let’s get it on.
“You’re always trying to second guess how you think the game is going to pan out, so we’ll have a plan again but if that has to adapt then we’ve worked on that as well.
“The main thing is that the players are all ready to go,” Mellon told the Tranmere official website.