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Kermorgant well prepared for a big month ahead

31 March 2017

Striker previews Leeds and coming games

“We had lots of games before the break, and it was good to have a few days off the pitch – it’s good to rest your mind as well to be ready and prepared for the remainder of the season,” said Yann Kermorgant, ahead of Saturday’s meeting with fellow play-off contenders Leeds United.

“April is a massive month with seven games, and hopefully at the end of it we’ll have a few more to come in May.

“It was a massive boost for us to go into the break with a win – we knew we had to do something at Sheffield Wednesday and at least bring back a point.  But to win the game as we did was a really big relief and we were really happy.

“The league table is quite tight and Leeds will be difficult, so to get back within a few points was massive.

“Saturday is another massive game, but it’s not finished after that, whatever happens.  It is a good test like the one we had against Sheffield Wednesday and these are the kinds of games we can expect if we do reach the play-offs.

“We haven’t been that good in terms of results against teams in the top six – that changed a bit with our win at Wednesday, and now we have Leeds.  It’s good to play them at home now and see what we can do.

“We have been really good at home this season and taken lots of points, so we have to carry on and hopefully beat them.  We have been third or fourth for a long time this season so if we can get back above Leeds with a win, that would be good.”

Yann knows what it takes to get out of this division, having earned promotion as Championship champions with AFC Bournemouth.

And he explained what is required from the squad during a congested month ahead with plenty to play for…

“It takes a bit of everything – but the most important thing is to stick together,” Kermorgant explained.  “You can have a blip or lose a game when you expect to win, and it is important that it doesn’t affect your mind too much, or the positive vibe that we have in the club at the moment.

“If we lose games, we have to make sure that we bounce back and win the next one.

“This is a difficult position to get to, to be fair – we know how tough the Championship is and I don’t think there was an expectation for us to be in the top six this season. 

“We have been there for most of it, so we have to enjoy the remaining games and be ready for the next two or three after the end of the regular season!”

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