Date:Wednesday April 16 2014
Striker Lee Barnard has called on the squad to make up for the defeat to Wimbledon and put it right by getting two positives results over the Easter weekend.
Speaking to the Official Site after our run of three consecutive wins and six unbeaten came to an end last weekend, Barnard said he was very confident that the team would respond the right way and put the last result behind us by going on the run we now need between now and the end of the season.
'After going on a bad run, it was great to get back on track with three wins in a row and we wanted to keep that going, so Saturday's defeat was disappointing. We were all gutted after the game, but we had to put it behind us and move on. That's what we've done and there's still a very positive attitude around the stadium.'
Barnard goes on to describe Rochdale especially as being a 'tough test for us' because of their form, their place in the league and the fact they will obviously be looking to regain the top spot after slipping up themselves recently, but it's a tough ask at this stage of the season anyway as we have two games in four days, and Accrington Stanley will pose their own test as they look to keep themselves clear of relegation.
'We've got two games, and it's a great chance to pick up six points to put us in a very good position ahead of the final couple of games. Rochdale will be a tough test, but we seem to play better against the teams around us in the table - just look at the Oxford United game.'
Of course with three of the four remaining against teams currently above us, if we can keep that run going then it gives us every chance indeed if we can continue that.
Of course the striker has already experienced a play off disappointment in his first spell at the club but he admits that knowledge and those feelings will simply help him this time around, and he, like we, certainly hope that's true.
'Obviously we finished in the League 1 play offs in my first season, it didn't end the way we'd have liked, but on that occasion we took the last spot available. We've got four games left to make sure we're in there anyway possible and then give ourselves a chance. If my experience is needed, I'm happy to help in any way possible to help this club into League 1.'
The experience has to help really, even if it's only talking in the dressing room and passing on how disappointing it feels to miss out which will obviously be new to a few players and might help them focus so that experience remains new to them.
I'm not convinced really that there is much advantage in how the play off spots are organised really, it's all about performing on the days - and that's as true for the play off knock outs and it is our remaining matches.
Date:Wednesday April 16 2014
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