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29 April 2021

Phil Brown’s message to his players ahead of this weekend’s game against Barrow is simple - keep the season alive.

Brown is hoping Blues can take their battle to avoid relegation into the final day of the season.

Currently six points behind Scunthorpe United, if Blues are to retain their Football League status they will have to do so in dramatic fashion by overturning an eight goal swing on the Iron. 

Brown said his message ahead of the trip to Cumbria is: “Keep it alive, keep the season alive.”

“My message this morning when I looked at the league table, there’s no brackets ‘R’ next to our name. It’s not a rude-awakening, there’s no (R) next to us.

“We’re not down, we’re certainly not out and we’ll show on Saturday that we’re still fighting.

“If we can keep it going until the last game of the season, stranger things have happened.”

While that relies heavily on results elsewhere, Brown said it’s important his side show the right mentality and attitude in their own performance.

“It’s quite simple, we need to play like we did against Leyton Orient with the same attitude.

“I’ve said to the players leave your ability at home because you don’t need it. That’s a ridiculous comment to make because that is what wins you the game, but your attitude is what you need at the start of every match and your mentality has to be spot on.

“If you’ve got them two right, you’ve got half a chance of getting something from any game of football.

“What I’ve said to the players is if we maintain that level of attitude and mentality then we will give ourselves a good chance of winning two games of football.

“As a player my ability wouldn’t get me to a higher level but the reason I played over 700 games was down to my attitude and that is the same in my managerial career.

“I demand the right kind of attitude when you cross the white line and if you can play the wonderful, get on with it and I’ll pick you every week.

“We’ve got to go on that coach tomorrow and travel the length and breadth of the country to a place that isn’t going to be very welcoming, to a side that rightly so have survived by performing well on Tuesday.

“Fingers crossed they think they’ve done enough and fingers crossed I’m hoping we bring the same mentality and attitude that we did against Leyton Orient in particular.”

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