With destiny in our hands, Kevin Bond has stressed that's all the motivation his players need to approach Saturday’s game against Sunderland (5.30pm KO).
Blues know that a win and they will remain in Sky Bet League One for next season. Anything less and they rely on results elsewhere.
And ahead of the final day of the season meeting with the Black Cats, Bond said he will be surprised if he doesn’t get the same level of performance to the one against Burton Albion on Easter Monday.
Bond met with the press on Thursday afternoon and had this to say.
On the mood going into the weekend….
The mood is to embrace the game and meet it head on with a positive frame of mind. The likelihood will be that we will need to win the game Saturday so with that in mind we will take the game to them and be on the front foot if we can. We also need to keep a clean sheet, we haven’t been able to do that and until we start to do that it will get hard to win football matches. We’re at home, basically in control of our own destiny and there’s a lot to be said for that.
It’s in our hands and that’s what you want isn’t it….
We’ve turned in some good performances in the time that I’ve been here, and we should have more points than we have for various reasons which would then make our situation a lot easier, but it is difficult to come in and change that momentum that quickly. The team are in good spirit and no one’s walking round with impending doom, everyone’s fine and we will meet the game head on and try the best we can to take the game to Sunderland.
On needing the same performance as the Burton game this weekend…
We’re going to need much more of that and I’ll be surprised if we don’t get it to be truthful.
On players’ motivation…
They recognise what it’s going to take to do what we need to do and how we need to go about that. They don’t need me to tell them but they just need a bit of direction and hopefully a little bit of organisation, they know what’s at stake and that’s all the motivation that they will need and should need and I wouldn’t expect for them to be lacking on that front.
On Sunderland’s attitude going into the game…
They will have their own reasons for wanting to do well in the game, but they aren’t as strong as our reasons for wanting to do well.
On the expected sell-out attendance….
In the short time I’ve been here the fans have been brilliant. The fans who travel away gave us amazing support at Fleetwood in my first game, Walsall was fantastic, out sung Rochdale last week away and in particular the support we had for the Burton Albion game at home but it’s a two way thing. In the Burton Albion game we gave them a little something to cheer about, as I’ve said before the onus is on us to motivate the supporters. We have no given right just for them to cheer us home. We have to motivate them, and our last home performance did exactly that to a large degree. We need to do that again then I know full well all the fans in the stands will get behind us.