CRAIG BARR insists that this afternoon's Central Park crunch with Edinburgh City will go a long way to establishing Cowdenbeath's title credentials.

Less than 18 months on from a nerve-shredding play-off win over Cove Rangers to retain their League Two status, the Blue Brazil are on their best run of form since the 2005-2006 season, when Mixu Paatelainen's men won the Division Three title.

A superb sequence of five successive wins - including three in September - has Cowden third top of the table, and ensured boss Gary Bollan, and Barr, have landed the Ladbrokes divisional manager and player of the month awards.

The Blues trail pacesetters Cove Rangers by four points but, by bagging three points today, they would jump above their opponents from the capital and into second place.

Experienced centre back Barr reckons the game will be significant in how their campaign may pan out, and commented: "It’s going to be a tough test for us and it will be a big game that will tell us where we actually stand.

"We’ll find out whether we have just been on a wee hot streak or if we can do a job against one of the top teams.

"It will give us an idea if we can be challengers.

"We’ve had a great month and everything has been going for us – we’ve had a few penalties and a couple of other breaks.

"But you have to take your chances when they come your way and we’ve also been defending well.

"We know we’re only a quarter of the way in.

"We don’t just want to have a good month – we want to have a good season.

"We don’t want to look back and say ‘Oh remember September’ – it’s all about the bigger picture."

It’s been great for former Livingston and Airdrie boss Bollan, who masterminded the club's survival in May last year.

He said: "I think it could have been disastrous if the club had fallen out but thankfully it didn’t happen.

"We’ve managed to bring in better players and we hope to continue doing that as we build something here.

"This season we are looking to improve again. We’ve made a decent start which is pleasing but we have a long way to go."