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Adkins: Let's make it 13

17 March 2014

Boss looks ahead to final stages

Manager Nigel Adkins discussed a number of topics when speaking to the press after Saturday's game with Derby, including the play-offs, goals, Pogrebnyak, momentum and much more besides.

He spoke of his desire to ensure we have 13 games left this season - read on for the boss' full thoughts.

I thought Saturday was a good game and we had four really good chances that unfortunately didn't go in.

It's been a great week from the players, we should have won at Brighton but got a draw, did really well to win at Leeds and could have beaten Derby. The lads were back at 5am from Leeds, so to go and regroup and put on a performance, it was a very good effort from the players and now we go again.

Both teams wanted to play, we did all we can to stop them playing, and they did the same to us. It was cat and mouse at times but we had energy and a desire to win. After the week the players have had, great credit to them. It was a shame we didn't win because we wanted three points, of course we did.

Derby were a good side, above us in the League, a clean sheet is a positive and now we look forward to the next run of games.

Credit to Leicester and Burnley, they've put themselves in great positions in the table. They've had real consistency.  If you ask me where we wanted to be in the division right now, I want to be top, of course, but we're in the race, in the mix. We want to get back to the Premier League and we want to do it this season. The play-off positions are up for grabs.

We've had to deal with so many situations this year but we're still in there. Now we look forward to the remaining ten - actually the remaining thirteen - games of the season.

We're in a good vein of form, undefeated in a few, and in every game we look like we could win it. Momentum is key, and since the turn of the year we've had a good run and the performances have been good. Players have been consistent, we've had injuries like all clubs, we keep a consistency about us and we're looking forward to it.

We've got goals in the team, I think we're up there in terms of highest scorers at home which is important. Our counter-attacking sometimes is breathtaking, we create opportunities and I think we're a massive threat. We had good chances on Saturday, it was a good game. I thought Royston had a great game, Garath was a massive threat and Jobi led the team well.

We had Pav on the bench, he's not fit but he was there if we needed him for ten minutes. As it was we didn't need him and we went the other way with Nick Blackman who was very effective. Hopefully he can be nearer for next week. It was a shame Hal came off, while we're hoping Sean Morrison can play in a friendly game this week.

This is it now, the final ten games of the season. Keep your nerve, keep enjoying it, and see how far it takes us.

We've talked about the table fluctuating, that's always going to happen. We've been course and distance in the past so we know what it's like. Hold your nerve and keep believing.

We're looking forward and it's exciting, it's really uplifting for the club, the under 18s in the Youth Cup semi-final and now the under 21s in the Premier League Cup final as well. There's a lot of positivity about the club and we have to keep it that way. The future is very, very bright.

Now with ten games to go, it's so important to keep the players positive, keep the belief, keep everyone working hard because this is the time where people can get jittery, nervous and look for the negatives, but the lads have been top drawer and it's uplifting. We've just got to keep them feeling ten feet tall.

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