Boss says his players still have a lot to play for this season
Phil Brown insists Blues still have plenty to play for and hopes a win at York will mean his side still have a chance of making the play-offs going into the final game of the season at home to Morecambe next weekend.
Should Bradford City beat Burton Albion at home on Saturday, Blues’ slim chances of making the play-offs will be over, but Brown says all his side can focus on is beating York City, a side scrapping to avoid relegation, this Saturday away from home.
Brown said: “Every game of football that you play you have something to play for and prove to the opposition that you want to be there and be better than them.
“I’ve said all along we need to win the last five, the last four, the last three and now it’s the last two games of the season against York on Saturday and Morecambe on the final day of the season.
“It’s been the same message every game since I came here. It’d be nice to take it to the final game of the season and all we can do is win the game at York to try and make that happen.
“It’s out of our hands, but if we win our two games then who’s to say it won’t happen – it’s been a crazy season that’s for sure. If we could take it to the final day, there’d be a real buzz, but to do that, we have got to put in a performance similar to Tuesday night and pick up three points against York.”
Brown is expecting a similar type of game to the one against Aldershot, and says his side must do their best to ‘grind out a result’ if they have to.
He added: “Grind is a good word to describe the performances of late. Sometimes in this division it’s the way forward. We’ve got the talent to put down the foundations but sometimes you have to play ugly football and just win the game.
“We played some very good stuff against Aldershot and Bristol Rovers but we’ve known when is right to just get rid of the ball. We’ve had two clean sheets which is really pleasing, couple with hardworking midfielders and good attacking displays we’ve done really well in the previous two games.
“York will be scrapping for their lives just like Aldershot did, we’re up against another wounded animal in a sense so it’s going to be a difficult game but we’re confident we can produce another good performance and win the game.”