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Danny: “Come and be the 12th man”

5 April 2013

Colesy issues a call to arms ahead of Dagenham fixture

Ahead of the important clash against Dagenham & Redbridge at St James Park on Saturday, club captain Danny Coles gave a simple message to the fans – come and back the boys.

“Hopefully the fans will back us and be the 12th man – simple as that,” said captain Coles.  “When you look at the places we’ve gone to this season, the support has been unreal.

“We know our supporters can be like that with their singing – when other teams come here and hear our supporters get behind the team rather than jeering them, it’s massive.  It gives the players a lift, and we want them to come and back us as much as they can.”

After a disappointing couple of results over Easter, Danny has seen the players continue to work as hard as ever in training to keep the wheels turning and to push City into the right position come the season’s end.

“The boys have come in ready to work hard and trying to put things right for Saturday,” Danny continued.  “There’s no signs of tiredness, but we’re going to have to be on top of our game for when Dagenham come at the weekend.

“The spirit in the camp is good – we’re in a good position, and everything is in our hands.  So there’s no need for doom and gloom.  There’s another big three points at stake – every game’s a big game, no matter where you are.  But we’re looking forward to it and hopefully we’ll get the three points.”

“Everything’s all to play for – there’s five games left, so if we put a run together now who knows what could happen?  There’s no point people asking how we’re going to remain positive – we are positive because of where we are in the league.  If we were in mid-table or down in the bottom half, you’d probably going to be less positive.”

And despite the heartache of a derby defeat and the gut-wrenching defeat in the final throes against Rochdale, the City captain insists that it is important to keep level-headed and not get too wrapped up in the emotions of what has passed.

Rather than looking back at past results and down the table at the pack that are hoping to crack into the play-offs, Danny is looking forward to the next five games and hoping to reel in the teams above.

“The boys have come in buoyant – there’s still banter flying about, there’s not much different to what it was like before the Bradford game when we ended up winning 4-1.

“You’ve got to keep a level ground – you can’t be too down, you can’t be too up.  To be fair to the boys, that’s what we are at this club – we never get too carried away, but we also never get too down.

“We want to cross the line – we know if we carry on and get a few wins, it’ll be enough.  If you look over your shoulder, it can play on your mind a bit.  The first thing you want to do when you get three points is look at how the teams above you have done, you don’t want to be looking behind you.

“We’re just focusing on ourselves – we know if we get it right, we’ll get the three points – we can cement a play-off place and go from there.”

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