Writer: Site Staff
Date:Friday April 4 2014
Having blown all chances of a late push for the play off spots this season, manager Colin Cooper has demanded that the players fight for every point that remains available so given our recent run of form we genuinely justify our top half finish this campaign.
Speaking to the Official Site ahead of this weekends game against Portsmouth, the gaffer seriously wants the team to end it's current run of three successive defeats and whilst he acknowledges the play offs are now really a pipe dream, he wants us to end the campaign strongly and with as many wins as we possibly can.
It's such a strange league this season, but our recent defeats have seen us slip to 14th place in the table and we are only ten points off last placed Oxford United when it comes to the play off dream, but daftly we are only four points off this weekends opponents who sit in 21st place.
Ten points off the last play off spot, nine points off the last relegation spot and given our hopes this campaign the last thing we want to do is keep this run of losses going and slip further down the table and really become embroiled in the battle at the bottom now. We are only 13 points off Torquay and they look dead and buried.
'There is no drop off point as far as I'm concerned. That will come after our final game when we can look to rest, recover and begin planning for next season - but until the last ball is kicked I'll be pushing the players to get every single point we can on the board. We've had a go to try and bridge the gap to the teams above us but at a time when we could have done with our best week of the season we had out worst.'
Cooper goes on to say that the challenge before the team now, and their objective, is to play strongly for the points we can get and in many ways get us out of this midway house we are now in when it comes to the table as we are just as likely to rise further towards the top spots and hope for next season, as we are to drop down into the mix below us which is where nobody wants to be.
'It would be a disservice to the group if it didn't finish in the top half. There is still loads to play for, they're playing for themselves and the club.'
With 18 points left the gaffer knows the play off spots are out of touch now, but that doesn't mean we can't get a lot closer than we currently are and that's what he wants us to do as well as securing a top half finish in the process.
Out of those 18 he has a target of at least another 10.
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Date:Friday April 4 2014
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