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Timlin: It's on us as players

28 February 2014

Michael Timlin says the players, and the players only, take responsibility for turning this bad form around

Midfielder Michael Timlin has said it’s up to the players to turn Blues’ form around, ahead of the visit of Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

Timlin, who scored his second goal of the season in the 2-1 defeat to Northampton Town on Tuesday night, has back the players to return to winning ways.

But he says to do that, they must win the battle against Gareth Ainsworth’s side – another club fighting at the other end of the table.

Timlin said: “It’s on us entirely as players to turn things around following what has been a really disappointing run of form.

“The management and the backroom team have done a fantastic job this season and the information we get from them is the best in League 2 I expect, they’ve got a lot of experience.

“At the end of the day, we’ve got no excuses not to put things right. We’ve got to just roll our sleeves up.

“The fans deserve a lot more from us and we know we need to put in a good performance for them on Saturday.

“Saying that, with the run we’re on, the result is the most important factor. You can play brilliantly and lose and it means nothing.

“At the minute it’s all about getting the result to put this run to bed. We’ve got to expect a dogged fight and shine through.”

Wycombe have picked up in recent weeks, just like Northampton Town on Tuesday, and Timlin knows Saturday won’t be easy.

But he says Blues must show more fight than they did in the second-half at Sixfields on Tuesday, and for the full 90 minutes.

“We’ve gone though it in detail and it’s hard to put your finger on what went wrong on Tuesday,” he added.

“It boils down to the fact they were fighting more. We were working hard butt hey wanted it even more. They’re bottom of the table but have a new boss.

“Since he’s come in they’ve picked up their own game and have gained confidence and momentum. We need to get that momentum back in our season.”

“Gareth Ainsworth always makes sure his team are ready for it and up for a battle so we’re going to have to match that, and then let our quality show through to pick up the win.

“Everyone knows in League 2 anyone can beat anyone on their day and it’s all about mistakes. We need to cut out the team mistakes that are costing us goals.

“Wycombe are doing well and have always been a strong team when we play them, but it’s on us to put things right on Saturday.”

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