York City have to make their KitKat Crescent ground a fortress this season according to defender Ben Purkiss.
They have taken seven out of a possible nine points at home so far this season and Purkiss told BBC Radio York their home form will be key to their success.
"It's got to be the target. Last year we didn't lose here for a while but we picked up quite a few draws," he said.
"If we play with confidence there's no reason to suggest that KitKat Crescent can't become a fortress."
He added: "What we've got to do is take the game to the opposition and if we can do that you've seen we've got some good footballers in this team.
Purkiss has not ruled out a play-off challenge despite it being so early in the season but said York will not get carried away with their recent improvement in form.
"It's early days and if someone had asked at half-time at Gateshead then there'd probably be a lot of doubters out there," he said.
"It's rolling off the old cliche 'taking each game as it comes' and that's what you've got to do.
"We've got to go to teams teams like Hayes and Yeading and beat those sorts of teams.
"If we take each game as it comes and make KitKat Crescent a really hard place to come then there's no reason to suggest we can't be up there."