Harry Kewell is seeking to keep Notts County's four-game unbeaten streak going and wants his team to make sure it gets the "ugly side" of football right against Macclesfield Town.
Kewell has led Notts to two draws and two victories in the club's past four matches.
Notts knocked off Crewe Alexandra 2-1 before beating his former club Crawley Town 3-1 in its last fixture.
The upturn in results has seen the Magpies jump from bottom of League Two up to 20th.
Kewell changed to a 4-2-3-1 formation against Crawley but believes it is players, not systems, that ultimately make the difference.
"They say 4-4-2 is the best formation in the world, but it can be outdone by a 3-4-3," he told Nottinghamshire Live.
"At the end of the day, it’s down to individuals and not formations. It’s about work ethic, attitude and doing the ugly things in football. If you can do that, and they may take half the game or 60 or 70 minutes.
"It may even take the full game and you get nothing out of it. It’s about doing your job, concentrating and when you do have moments where you can express yourself, and you’ve earned the right to play, that’s when you want that little bit of magic dust that can help you get that goal."
Notts have a week off after the Macclesfield match, and Kewell is keep the winning streak alive.
"We wanted to beat Crewe and Crawley so it’s been a fantastic week so far and now we need to continue it," the Australian said.
"If we win then we can take the next weekend to reflect on how we have started and look at any changes we need to make ahead of another difficult block of games. I’m hoping we can give the players a chance to refresh and spend some time with their families because that is important too – but it all depends on the result."