RUNCORN boss Alvin McDonald sees a repeat performance over the second-half of the season as a safety net.
The Linnets' boss has been stung by three non-scoring defeats in quick succession.
But he says if the club can accrue as many points again as they have already, their Conference North position should be guaranteed.
He said: 'Fifty points should be enough to stay in this league. That's the priority but if things go better than that and we can do something about the play-offs, all well and good.
'My only wish is to have a fit squad and a bit of consistency in team selection.
'Then let's judge us and see what our performances are week in, week out.'
But McDonald, who felt inexperienced Runcorn did well for an hour before tiring against title favourites South-port, fears the selection crisis will get worse before it gets better.
The last two games have seen him having to call on untested newcomers and others like Tom Spearritt, Mike Garrity and Anton Lally who have been pressed into action with no match practice behind them.
There is also understood to have been an undercurrent of dressing-room discontent over a financial matter, which is hopefully sorted.
Flu victim Steve Carragher is the only midweek absentee with genuine prospects of returning for Saturday, although Lee Parle has an outside chance if he can shake off a mystery ankle complaint.
Peter Ellis is unlikely to feature again this year while Robbie Moore has been told to rest his groin injury for a month and Kieron Durkan (ham-string) is out for three weeks.
Midfieldman Ged Courtney will start at least a one-game suspension - at Droylsden on Saturday week.
Subject to the length of sentence meted out by the FA to Courtney who was sent off at Barrow in a match which also brought his fifth booking, he could also miss the Boxing Day trip to Vauxhall.
John Robertson is already banned for the Christmas derby under the totting-up procedure.
With Ellis and Moore both injured and Ged Nolan having been released by 'mutual consent' to enable McDonald to bring in a second goal-keeper - Ashley Timms, 19, from Manchester City - the luckless Linnets suddenly find themselves with a shortage rather than surplus of centre halves.
Danny Byrne's loan spell is up after this weekend's game so the visit to Worcester could be his last appearance for the Linnets, who are waiting for Droylsden to decide on the striker's future.